reimagining the future of slums



We orchestrate large scale Slum 2.0 Proofs of Concepts that serve as practical prototypes to demonstrate what works and what doesn’t in the city. This can be either the redesign of an existing slum or the design of a new community for slumdwellers. Not only looking at the hardware of infrastructure and housing, we also work to redesign the software of the entire slum experience. To redesign the image of the slum and its role in the city. To redesign the transportation and provision of social services and governance of a slum. 


We constantly innovate through the SLUMLabs Center so that we can bring “new to the world” solutions to these very old problems. These problems are solvable with the belief that anything in this life can be better designed. Through SLUMLabs we research the global slum situation and assess projects we are engaged in. And then we work hard to tell simple stories of what is happening so that it’s useful to those tasked with making key decisions for their cities. We boil it down to the essence to create a simple coherent story of what is happening on the global migrant slum issue and to identify goalposts that give us clear direction on how to move forward. We’re here to advance the discussion on migrant slums globally. We’re here to redesign the slum and its role in the city for this new century.


We help city and national governments develop Slums Strategies to serve as blueprint for the development of their cities in a way that makes better cities for everyone who lives there. We take extensive global lessons from the past and  combine it with current insight on the ground. And we do this all through a lens of design as a way to reimagine what a slum of the future looks like. We use design approaches to unlock old problems with fresh eyes. We’re not here to iterate the improvement of slums. We’re here to change the game for slums and their cities. And during this process, we connect city governments with other cities around the world who are beginning to develop strategies for their slums.