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OGLM 3035 - Extending basic services in unplanned settlements

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English


Basic knowledge of access to urban services (water, sanitation and electricity), and interest in role-playing for real-life professional situation

Course Description

The workshop deals with solutions and challenges to provide basic services in unplanned settlements of the Global South from a real-work perspective. While professionals keep on aspiring to business-as-usual “modern infrastructure ideal”, this model falls short for unplanned urbanization. Can this model be adapted, and how? The 1st session will present the obstacles, opportunities and conditions for change.
Through role-playing, the arguments for and against innovation will be directly tested by students, endorsing various roles of stakeholders (2 cities, services, engineering or business points of view). The goal is to shed light on the influence of cognitive frameworks and external constraints on work practices, hence foreseeing professional challenges.
Additional requested information: (eg mainly theoretical or mainly practical or a mixture of the two): 1st session will be mainly theoretical to provide background; 2nd & 3rd seminars will be based on presentations and role-playing


CRIQUI, Laure (Chargée de Recherches)

Pedagogical format

3 seminars / 4h
Seminar 1: Introduction to the “modern infrastructure ideal” and challenges for change
Seminars 2 & 3: 4 students' presentations of urban context and basic services and role-playing

Course validation

- One 10-minute presentation (groups of 2-3 students) on urbanization / urban policies / service sector / utility reforms in a city (40%, seminars 2 or 3, each seminar on one city) - Oral contribution and participation to role playing (40%, seminars 2 & 3) - General level of participation (20%, seminars 1-3)


- Active participation to seminars - Teamwork preparation for 10-minute presentations (seminars 2-3)

Required reading

  • Projection (2017) « Parier Sud 2 : Le guide pratique et ludique sur les services essentiels dans les villes en développement »
  • Barbier C., Giraud P.N., Ruet J. & Zérah M.-H. (2007) “L'accès aux services essentiels dans les pays en développement au cœur des politiques urbaines.” Analyses 4. Paris : Iddri
  • Coutard, O. “Placing Splintering Urbanism: Introduction.” Geoforum 39, no. 6 (2008): 1815–1820
  • Jaglin S. & Zérah M-H. (2010) “Eau des villes : Repenser des services en mutation”. Revue Tiers Monde 3(203), 7-22

Additional required reading

  • Jaglin, S. “Differentiating Networked Services in Cape Town: Echoes of Splintering Urbanism?” Geoforum 39, no. 6 (2008): 1897–1906
  • Kooy, M., and K. Bakker. “Splintered Networks: The Colonial and Contemporary Waters of Jakarta.” Geoforum 39, no. 6 (2008): 1843–1858
  • Zérah, M-H. “Splintering Urbanism in Mumbai: Contrasting Trends in a Multilayered Society.” Geoforum 39, no. 6 (2008): 1922–1932