Toward an Architecture of Dissensus: Participatory Urbanism in South-East Asia

Camillo Boano, Emily Kelling


Adopting Rancière’s principles of equality, his concepts of aesthetics and le partage du sensible as an intellectual toolbox, this paper examines how practices of participation in informal settlement development might encourage one to think differently about the relationship between politics, design and the city – contributing thus to the debate about participatory urbanism.

A critical reflection of the Thai programme Baan Mankong (secure housing) and its regional counterpart Asian Coalition for Community Action (ACCA) – an entity aimed at creating an alternative development process in which people that were previously ignored and marginalized are engaged at the centre of a process of transforming their lives, spaces and position in the city – sheds light on such relationship in order to promote a re-conceptualisation of the role of architecture and design in the process of socially just urban development, participatory urbanism and the struggle for democracy.

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