Max Rohm on Urban Interrelations

Max Rohm (MArch/MLA ‘01 and visiting design critic in 2005) and Flavio Janches just published a new book, Urban Interrelations, proposing enhancing integration of informal settlements into the urban mainstream through community participation in the development of public spaces and facilities. The publication builds on faculty and student work in the studio “Non-formal Buenos Aires: Public Space Strategies for Emergency Settlements,” which Rohm taught with John Beardsley at the GSD in 2005. In a forward to the book Beardsley writes, “While developing a method for intervening in squatter settlements, the project also suggests that an inventive process, especially one that recognizes and develops local narratives through community participation, can facilitate or even inspire design outcomes.”