| WP4: Actionable Futures |


WP4 begins with the models of existing settlements developed in WP3 and the oral histories of upgrading and resettlement processes collected in WP1 and explores how this new knowledge can inform actionable strategies for future redevelopment to ensure dignified housing and habitat for all.

WP4 will address the following research questions:
  • How can archetypes of slum redevelopment and upgrading be optimised for thermal comfort and energy consumption?
  • How do these archetypes differ from existing development strategies?


The research questions will be addressed by:
  • Developing alternative measures of successful outcomes. Drawing on the body of knowledge created through WPs 1-3, WP4 will focus on the gap which currently exists in how to measure the success of redevelopment and upgrade programmes. In particular, the aim is to address changes in lifestyles and energy practices which are driven by slum redevelopment, rather than relying solely on cost-based metrics. By establishing evidence-based measures, more robust policy recommendations can be made.
  • Developing alternative development archetypes based on these new measures of success. Workshops in both Lima and Ahmedabad will explore alternative development archetypes for informal settlements in each city. The workshops will comprise three stages: (1) generation of alternative development archetypes with a range of regional stakeholders; (2) public exhibition of these archetypes to engage municipal stakeholders and collect feedback; and (3) refinement of the proposed archetypes based on feedback from the exhibitions and development of policy prescriptions.

Expected outputs

  • Optimised redevelopment archetypes
  • Public exhibitions in Lima and Ahmedabad of archetype options and transition stories
  • Policy brief focusing on success measures and alternative archetypes
  • Methodology-focused publication provisionally entitled “Developing alternative measures for the success of slum upgrade and redevelopment projects”

WP4 Team

Paul is an architect and sustainable energy specialist with 25 years’ experience in industry and 15 years in academia. Paul is Professor of Energy and Building Performance at the UCL Energy Institute, where he is also Deputy Director and leader of the Building Stock Lab. He is also vice-chair of the International Energy Agency’s Energy in Buildings and Communities programme. Paul has conducted research and provide consultancy support to public and private sector organisations in the UK and internationally. His main areas of interest are the ‘Performance Gap’ between expectations and predictions of building energy and environmental performance and the reality experienced by building owners and occupiers; and the energy and environmental performance of the existing building stock at the urban and national scale.
Martín Wieser is an Architect, with a master’s degree in “International Development” from the Polytechnic Foundation of Catalonia and a PhD in “Energy and Environment in Architecture” from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Principal professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) in the area of Technology. Currently, he is part of the board of directors of the Centre for Research on Architecture and the City (CIAC-PUCP). Researcher and consultant on daylighting and passive cooling and heating in buildings.