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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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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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PROJECT SUMMARY You can download the full call here. This call for participation is addressed to students and young professionals (incl. PhD candidates) who want to work on the subject in a team composed of 10 participants from Germany and … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: Beneath Its Polished Surface, a Black-Market Shopping Center Thrives – The Informal City Dialogues

“Polvos Azules is a study in contradiction. According to Gestión, a local business newspaper, 90 percent of its stores are “formalized.” They pay taxes (to some degree) and adhere to basic safety standards. The shops are fully licensed by the … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: Why Chennai’s Vendors Prefer the Sidewalk to the Mall – The Informal City Dialogues

I recently posted a series of blog entries on informality and formalization in Johannesburg using street vendors, taxis and settlements as examples (see here for the 1st,2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th). Here is a blog and a project with very interesting material on the … Continue reading

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Under African Skies Coda: The White European

by Ares Kalandides It is not without a certain degree of apprehension that I wrote the five short blog entries about my experiences in Johannesburg last week (see here for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th). Here am I, … Continue reading

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