The Vietnam Workshop in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) examined three types of low-income settlements, representing three key issues for future urban development. Canal-side squatter communities demanded better information available to them during their impending resettlement to the outskirts. Fringe squatters represented the future: here process and pattern was examined, with the view of developing a model for efficacious growth. An inner-city 'blue-collar' area was examined to develop strategies for maintaining affordable housing after upgrading, avoiding gentrification. A squatter community in a 13-story highrise provided another perspective of how the low income secures housing.