SIGUS: Special Interest Group in Urban Settlement

The following publications are available through SIGUS or directly from the publisher. Costs vary, and a handling charge will be added if ordered through SIGUS. Note: many of the publications are available in libraries.

January Workshop Publications
Several of the early workshop reports are available in printed form. More recent workshops are only available on CDs. Copies may be obtained from SIGUS - and a donation to the Caminos Fund would be appreciated to defray costs!

Urban Upgrading CD
The 2001 version of the CD "Upgrading Urban Communities: A Resource for Practitioners" is still available. It is being distributed by the World Bank Thematic Group for Services to the Urban Poor, and was sponsored by the Cities Alliance and DFID. Contact ""
A web version is found at:

Water and Sanitation for All Toolkit: A Practitioner's Companion - Website and CD
Under preparation for the Water Utility Partnership, a joint program of the Union of African Water Suppliers (UAWS), Regional Center for Low Cost Water and Sanitation (CREPA), and Training, Research and Networking for Development (TREND). Sponsored by the European Commission and the Water and Sanitation Program. The aim of the Toolkit is to provide sector practitioners, policy and decision-makiers access to information on current trends and knowledge gained from past experience regarding water supply and sanitation service delivery to low income areas. The Toolkit should enable readers to identify problems or challenges, and draw up a strategy for addressing these challenges using information and other resources assemble for this purpose. See:

Environmental Strategies for Cities
This is a prototype web site being developed by SIGUS and the IIEH (International Institute for Environment and Urbanization), London, for the World Bank.

Dead Cities Heritage Corridor: The Syria Workshop

A collaboration of the MIT Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture and SIGUS, 1997. The report may be directly ordered from the MIT Aga Khan Program.
This third issues of 'Works in Progress' presents the results of a summer workshop on the Dead Cities of Syria. A model for preservation linked with development is proposed for the approximately 1000 Dead Cities in northwest Syria, structured around a heritage corridor.

Action Planning For Cities:
A Guide for Community Practice
Nabeel Hamdi and Reinhard Goethert. John Wiley & Sons, 1997. (Order directly from publisher. Email:; or; Fax: 44-1243-843294). Also available in Chinese.

What others have said:
"This book has much to recommend it. Any reader who is already at the coal face of action planning will find it a useful reference work. Any reader who works in an ivory tower for international funding agencies will find it an invaluable introduction to the alternative approach. The case studies make very interesting reading and the book is peppered throughout with photographic illustrations of community workshops in session, exhibition materials, visual aids, etc.
-Tim Catchpole, URBAN DESIGN, October 1998

'Plan for Action' Wall Chart

Large format chart for running Community Action Planning workshops. The chart is intended as a complement to the book 'Action Planning for Cities'. The chart was developed through field experience in Bangladesh. Only available from SIGUS.

La Microplanificacion
Un Proceso de Programacion y Desarrollo con Base en la Comunidad. Reinhard Goethert and Nabeel Hamdi, with Sebastian Gray and Andrew Slettebak. The World Bank, Economic Development Institute, 1992. Spanish. (English original available from Intermediate Technology Press.)

Urbanization Primer
Project Assessment, Site Analysis, Design Criteria for Site and Services Projects for Low Income Groups. Prepared for the World Bank. Horacio Caminos and Reinhard Goethert. MIT Press, 1978. Spanish translation Ediciones G. Gili, Mexico, 1984.

Kairo-Zur Leistungsfähigkeit Inoffizieller Stadtrandentwicklung
Reinhard Goethert. (German) Politik und Planung 17, Deutscher Gemeindeverlag und Verlag W. Kohlhammer GmbH, 1986. Available from Lehrstuhl fuer Städtebau und Landesplanung, 5100 Aachen, Schinkelstrasse 1, Germany.

Back to the Future
A Proposal for a Sustainable Heritage. Reinhard Goethert. A SIGUS Publication, 1997. 12 pages.