Informal housing workshop in Valea Corbului

4 October, 2016 by Locuire Informală0

On October 3, 2016, World Housing Day was celebrated worldwide, an event organized by the General Assembly of the United Nations to remind year by year one of the goals of the HABITAT Agenda of 1976, namely to ensure a decent shelter for every inhabitant of the planet.

In the context of this event and of the urgency to bring into debate the problems of informal living in Romania and possible avenues for action on this topic, we organized a thematic visit-debate within the community of Valea Corbului – Călinești commune, Arges county.

Corbea Valley is an informal settlement of 280 houses and about 1,500 inhabitants, developed gradually over the last 70 years. Due to the cumulative problems, the Corbea Valley is one of the most representative settlements of this type, with an alarming number of dwellings built in the outskirts, without documents of ownership and in improper conditions.

Informal settlements are a social and spatial reality in Romania that should no longer be ignored. Their systematization and organization require coherent public policies and complementary interventions by the public authorities, both centrally and locally, with responsibilities in the field of housing, cadastre and territorial planning, education and social assistance.
The workshop was attended by representatives of relevant institutions, such as: the Chancellery of the Prime Minister; Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Protection and Older Persons; Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration; National Agency for Roma; National Cadastre Agency; Argeș County Council and Călinești City Hall.
The workshop was divided into two parts:
  1. Field visit and analysis in Corbea Valley, during which the participants in the workshop identified and documented a series of typologies of housing needs and
  2. Presentation-debate on informal settlements in Romania and possible directions of action on this topic. Within the second part, we approached: the definition and typology of informal settlements in Romania; the context and statistics of this type of settlements in Romania; Sharing responsibilities in the field of informal housing; Possible approaches for urban regeneration in informal housing areas, types of actions and responsibilities.

The detailed description of the workshop and its conclusions can be read here. You can explore some pictures from the workshop in Valea Corbului here.

Locuire Informală aims to grow in a library of resources useful for a better understanding of the informal housing phenomenon, but also for mobilizing to identify and implement solutions.

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