we are a design and urban planning firm,
reimagining the slum for this century


designing the
future of slums.

Large-scale prototypes to design and test and improve the slum experience to produce blueprints for the city and region. We aim to reimagine the slum. It's about showing that a Slums 2.0 is possible in practice as well as in theory. This is about proving it. 


helping governments create
better cities for everyone.

Overarching slums strategies for entire cities. We pull apart the history and using a design lens, piece together a framework that can be clearly communicated and owned. We then pull these participating cities into a network to learn together.


a laboratory to rethink
everything about slums.

A platform to constantly agitate for innovation on slums, both at the micro and macro levels. It constantly prototypes, constantly assesses results, constantly tells the story of the patterns we see.  We aim to inspire and mobilize a new generation of designers for the 1/3. 


What happens when the world’s largest concentration of people is given exactly what they need to thrive economically and socially within the cities they call home?

To redesign their cities, imagine leaders reaching out to a most unlikely place for answers - their slums.



How does the world change?

It’s time to reimagine the slum and its role in the city for this century. 
While we ultimately believe that it’s best to include migrants in the formal city, slums will likely persist for decades to come…and we need a better slum as a transition pathway. So much in the world has iterated but so many slums look similar to a half century ago. So if we believe that good design brings dignity and can quickly improve quality of life, often for a similar budget, why not work with city leaders and the community to design a better slum? To redesign not only the built environment but the entire slum experience and how it engages the city. Low-cost solutions for systems and services and buildings and governance and products and technology that are achievable not only through new innovations but by curating and “right sizing” existing solutions. It’s a new type of city, a micro-city that gains a legitimate role in the larger macro city. It works towards a city where we’re all included. 

And these cities are better for everyone.