Informal, formal and collaborative (IFC) is a DESIS thematic cluster that aims to identify potential ideas for a new generation of services that could be designed from the underserved communities’ perspective.
Design initiatives
“A construir”/Ready to build: self-build instructional guide

“A construir”/Ready to build: self-build instructional guide

Palermo, Colombia / Context: The Caribbean region is an area with a large number of displaced people reported in the last decade. In informal settlements like Villa Clarín, self-builds is the common response for housing problems when displaced from rural or urban formal settlements, most of the time made in an emergency, eclectic and circumstantial...
Linkage Project: designing solutions for a Children´s residence

Linkage Project: designing solutions for a Children´s residence

La Pintana’s Municipality /Santiago (Metropolitan Region) – Chile / Context: SENAME’s Residence is located in a commune with high rate of poverty and vulnerable community. They get subvention from SENAME equivalent to 60% of total expenses, and are supposed to get the rest by raising funds. As they can’t afford business staff for this, 60% become...
Collabo Poa initiative: a co-learning space for university design students and Kibera artists

Collabo Poa initiative: a co-learning space for university design students and Kibera artists

M2 Art centre (Kibera) and University of Nairobi / Context: M2 Art centre functions as an innovative space for income generation and cultural activities for young artists in Kibera. University students, who enter into the corporate world, also have little regard for the informal creative economy characterised by projects such as the M2 art centre. The...
Dibapalwa Nageng Cooperative Trust: Adding value to natural resources

Dibapalwa Nageng Cooperative Trust: Adding value to natural resources

Gaborone, Botswana (Gabane village) / Context: Dibapalwa Nageng Cooperative Trust is made of six old women who collect the morula (sclerocarya birrea) fruits from the natural habitat and process them to add value in making organic sweets. This project aims at using local natural resources sustainably and in the process creates sustainable livelihoods of the women and...