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Interview for CAMOC News 01/2014 on The (In)formal City project

Marlen Mouliou from CAMOC News (Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities) interviewed me for the January 2014 issue of their journal on The (In)formal City project. Here is the full interview: Marlen Mouliou: Can you tell us … Continue reading

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Notes from the South (End): An Unexpected and Personal Post-Scriptum

by Ares Kalandides Between my last blog entry and today a major event occurred: Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s national hero and an icon of freedom movements worldwide passed away. Although Mandela had not made a public appearance in years and … Continue reading

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Notes from the South (Part 3): Crossing lines

by Ares Kalandides (you can read part 1 here and part 2 here) The instant you pass the turnstiles of the Rea Vaya you find yourself on the other side of the mirror. Rea Vaya, Johannesburg’s BRT (Bus Rapid Transportation … Continue reading

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Notes from the South (Part 2): Housing under siege

by Ares Kalandides[1] (This is the second part on The (In)formal City project in Johannesburg. For part 1 see here) The South African constitution is very straightforward about the right to housing to all the state’s citizens. Article 26 of … Continue reading

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Notes from the South (Part 1): A Johannesburg diary

by Ares Kalandides Walking down the streets of Johannesburg in a conspicuously large group will of course attract stares. Here we are, a crowd of 22 with different backgrounds and skin colours (Africans, Europeans, Latin Americans) diving into taxi ranks, … Continue reading

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(In)formal practices and city-making

by Ares Kalandides[i] The discussion on informal practices in city-making involves a large variety of places rendering it almost impossible to make any general assumptions. In this presentation I propose to look at three completely different examples of practices in … Continue reading

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Is affordable housing in Berlin still possible?

by Ares Kalandides Not so long ago Berlin was considered as one of the most affordable cities in Europe, a fact that was directly linked to the low costs of housing.  It now seems that this statement is no longer … Continue reading

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Informal Cities?

by Ares Kalandides For a while now, I have been working with the Goethe-Institut on a project financed by the Robert-Bosch-Stiftung called The (in)formal City, In an exchange between Johannesburg and Berlin, a team of 20 travels between the two cities … Continue reading

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Urban development and the illusion of participation

by Ares Kalandides Participation has somehow managed to become the cliché of urban planning. You know, one of these terms that have lost their meaning through constant lip service. Participatory planning is taught at universities and is an integral part of … Continue reading

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