Toward an Architecture of Dissensus: Participatory Urbanism in South-East Asia


  • Camillo Boano
  • Emily Kelling



Adopting Rancière’s principles of equality, his concepts of aesthetics and le partage du sensible as an intellectual toolbox, this paper examines how practices of participation in informal settlement development might encourage one to think differently about the relationship between politics, design and the city – contributing thus to the debate about participatory urbanism.

A critical reflection of the Thai programme Baan Mankong (secure housing) and its regional counterpart Asian Coalition for Community Action (ACCA) – an entity aimed at creating an alternative development process in which people that were previously ignored and marginalized are engaged at the centre of a process of transforming their lives, spaces and position in the city – sheds light on such relationship in order to promote a re-conceptualisation of the role of architecture and design in the process of socially just urban development, participatory urbanism and the struggle for democracy.

Author Biographies

Camillo Boano

Camillo Boano, is an architect, urbanist and educator. He is Senior Lecturer at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College of London where he directs the MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development. He is one of the Co-Directors of the UCL Urban Lab. Camillo just published a book titled Contested Urbanism in Dharavi. Writings and Projects for the Resilient City, DPU, London, with William Hunter and Caroline Newton.

Emily Kelling

Emily Kelling is Lecturer and Research Associate at the Institute of Sociology at the Technical University Berlin in the field of the sociology of planning and architecture. Until recently she worked as Graduate Teaching Assistant for the MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College of London.