State of Development of Thesis: Research Proposal Draft Research Topic This research explores the relationship between architecture and public space and people, in informal urban settlements (popular habitat) in Colombia. The people in these areas are developing their own built environment through their ideas, initiatives and economic possibilities. The aim of this study is to explore, identify and analyze the architecture and the public space produced by these local people, as well as the social and cultural relationships with the built environment. In other words, the public space outcome in relationship with the social and cultural local fabric Problem Statement The fact that urban and housing policies, as well as architecture and urban practice, have given little attention to informal settlements has helped to set off and develop the social and economic problems within these deprived areas. The understanding of the processes and production of these settlements, as well as the social and cultural relationships that are held with the build environment, could help to solve the problems of these conflictive and interesting areas Objectives 1.To contribute to the discussion on informal settlements and the potential to build city and community in the 21st Century 2.To identify, analyze and discuss collective construction of public space in informal settlements, in terms of vernacular architecture, cultural identity and popular aesthetics 3.To identify and discuss theories, and/or methodologies, and/or elements “learnt” from the informal approach to build public space and community, to the formal development of architecture and urban practice Literature Themes The conceptual framework is intended to be set according to the keywords described before and grouped as follow: •Informal Settlements and Popular Habitat. •Self Build/Self Help, Community Participation/Community Involvement and Local Initiative/Local (Indigenous) Knowledge. •Cultural Identity, the Social and the Built Form, Vernacular Architecture (Environments) and Popular or Everyday Aesthetics