The South African Informal City – Architects’ Collective


Curated by Karen Eicker for the Architects’ Collective

Edited by Lone Poulsen and Melinda Silverman

ISBN 978-0-620-54182-4

Paperback, 155 pages. Full colour.


Published by the Architects’ Collective (South Africa) , 2012

20 in stock

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Informality is a long term reality for Africa. Shack settlements, privately operated kombi taxis, hawkers, trolley pushers and small scale landlords are only some of the more visible manifestations of urban informality. These are all highly responsive manifestations of local approaches to shelter, trade, movement, and public expression, but they are often at odds with many mainstream systems and standards. Can – or should – these informal activities be formalised?

This question and other important questions about urban informality have only recently received the necessary attention of policy makers, researchers and built environment professionals.

This book – which is an outcome of the South African Informal City Project – showcases some of the country’s most innovative design and research endeavours. Twenty projects on urban informality have been arranged thematically in four categories; research, reflections and modelling, inner city informality, in-situ upgrading and integrated urban development, and catalytic projects.

The aim is to promote discussion around the critical issues of informality and urban development and to further information sharing between policy makers, practitioners, academics and civil society.

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Dimensions 25 × 21 × 1.5 cm