We are exploring the concept of shelter (including land tenure, settlement patterns, and building techniques) in subsistent urbanity. To further explore subsistent urbanism, small investigations are made into water supply and conservation, and wet-waste disposal. In an urban subsistent existence, particularly in informal settlements, how do humans learn to cope? What methods can be used? And what, essentially, is needed to survive?
When the traditional systems, that we have come to take for granted, fail which new systems will develop? It is not only through subsistence urbanity but also through regulated aims at sustainability that we must adapt in order to survive. Researching current projects and ideas regarding informal settlements and settlement networks will provide a better understanding of what techniques and technologies should be included in an architect's toolkit.