Urban Informality and the Built Environment

Infrastructure, exchange and image

Edited by Nerea Amorós Elorduy, Nikhilesh Sinha, and Colin Marx

ISBN: 9781800086265

Publication: March 12, 2024

Series: FRINGE

What is this?

Urban Informality and the Built Environment demonstrates the value of greater and more diverse forms of engagement of built environment disciplines in what constitutes urban informality and its politics. It brings a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of informality and the built environment in diverse contexts, drawing on recent research by architects, planners, political scientists, geographers and urban theorists.

The book presents different case studies from multiple geographies, drawing attention to the need for studying urban informality in the Global North and Global South. The cases promote a cross-fertilization between disciplines, lenses, geographies and methodologies. They range from the creative place-making of street artists in Accra, to the morphological evolution of urban Tirana, urban agriculture in la Habana and social reproduction in Greece. Additional contributions highlight the cross-cutting themes of infrastructure, exchange and image.

Urban Informality and the Built Environment introduces built environment disciplines to its constitutive roles in producing urban informality. It also tests a range of new methodologies to the study of urban informality, demonstrating the possibilities for new insights when building on the relational understanding of urban informality.

Nerea Amorós Elorduy is Managing Director of Creative Assemblages Llc. and Guest Professor at UIC-Barcelona.

Nikhilesh Sinha is Professor of Economics and Finance and Chair of Research Ethics at Hult International Business School, London.

Colin Marx is Professor of Urban Development Planning at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL.

List of figures and tables
List of contributors
Series editors' preface

1 Introduction: foregrounding the built environment
Nerea Amorós Elorduy, Nikhilesh Sinha and Colin Marx

2 Informality and infrastructure
Swati Chattopadhyay

3 Informalities of exchange
Fran Tonkiss

4 The image of informal settlements
Kim Dovey

5 The role of change maker painters: graffiti and street art in Accra, Ghana
Claire Tunnacliffe

6 Informal everyday water infrastructures in the in-between territories of Galicia
Lucia Cerrada Morato

7 A morphogenetic approach to informality: the case of post-socialist Tirana
Blerta Dino

8 Informal structures of welfare: emerging spaces of social reproduction in Athens
Isabel Gutiérrez Sánchez

9 Rhythmanalysis as exploration of urban informality in Havana, Cuba Susan Fitzgerald

10 The death and life of Jian-Cheng Circle: a negative lesson to the built informality of urban places
Chin-Wei Chang

11 Informality as pedagogy: collective design in the Mariamma Nagar settlement
Nicola Antaki

12 Informality as an urban trend in mainstream architectural publications
Fani Kostourou and Paul Goodship

13 Conclusion: foregrounding positionality Nerea Amorós Elorduy, Nikhilesh Sinha and Colin Marx


Format: Open Access PDF

226 Pages

17 colour photo/halftones, 23 line drawings, and 3 B&W photo/halftones

Copyright: © 2024

ISBN: 9781800086265

Publication: March 12, 2024

Series: FRINGE

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