IUCI Principles: The IUCI 1) fosters close collaboration with poor urban communities through participatory processes that privilege local knowledge, resources and capacities and empower community members as the drivers of change, 2) promotes long term realtionships and a multi-scaled approach to community design that integrates small scale interventions and adaptable planning, 3) encourages ecologically intelligent, distributed infrastructure strategies that improve quality of life without externalizing environmental burdens, 4) favors integrated, multifunctional solutions that engage culturally contingent aesthetics and enhance the public realm 5) Monitors and evaluates project evolution over many years to gain a better understanding of project impacts.