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Incremental urbanisms

Kamalipour, Hesam ORCID: and Dovey, Kim 2018. Incremental urbanisms. Dovey, Kim, Pafka, Elek and Ristic, Mirjana, eds. Mapping Urbanities: Morphologies, Flows, Possibilities, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 249-267. (10.4324/9781315309163-14)

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Urban informality is a self-organised mode of urbanisation that encroaches, infiltrates and expands cities of the global south beyond the control of the state. This is a double process whereby the formal city becomes informalised and the informal becomes formalised. Formal and informal are not binary – there is often no clear distinction between formal and informal settlements; rather they are inextricably intertwined. Urban informality produces a range of different morphologies (as demonstrated in Chapter 13). While urban informality often emerges under conditions of poverty, it is also a means of adapting to poverty. At the micro-scale, informal means incremental – the scale of design, construction and adaptation is geared to micro-flows of capital. In this chapter, we zoom to this micro-scale to explore three specific incremental urbanisms.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138233607
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 07:49

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