SIGUS: Special Interest Group in Urban Settlement

SIGUS research is focused in four areas:

DESIGN AND PLANNING. This includes research on 'The Good Squatter' (since squatting - or quasi-legal development - is so common, how can it be directed toward a win-win end?); and Rapid ePlanning (how to approach the two key issues of today in the peripheral areas: speed and scale of development).

DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION. This includes development of participatory tools, and CD/internet sites of information.

SUSTAINABILITY. Focus in part is on the key role of children, and research includes 'Children, Heritage and Development'.

ROLE OF THE PROFESSIONAL. Where and how can architects and planners best contribute? How can their unique skills be utilized?