Global slums from a local point of view:
Rome, Sofia and Mexico city.
A spatial analysis of informal settlements in Mexico, Italy and Bulgaria.
This is Kornelia Dimitrova's graduation thesis at the Polytechnic University of Milan, in collaboration with Fadi Seman Mejia (Mexico) and Irene Bariani (Italy). The thesis investigated a case study of a typical slum/ghetto from the capital cities of the home countries of the three authors. This work is done in an attempt to understand the origins and history of this phenomenon, and its persistence despite all international efforts directed at its remedy.
The three case studies, from Italy, Bulgaria and Mexico, differ tremendously in scale, population and time-frame. Yet, when seen through the socio-economic dimensions, they operate under the same conditions and towards the same values and priorities.
The aim of this thesis is to propose an overview on the reality of slums at global level with an approach that works locally on specific cases studies.
Concerning this, it explains the general situation in the three capital cities of the countries chosen for this research, namely - Rome, Sofia and Mexico City, and, among these realities, three different case studies have been selected to review the phenomenon in detail. Those are as follows: