Lessons of Informality: Architecture and Urban Planning for Emerging Territories. Concepts from Ethiopia

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Felix Heisel, Bisrat Kifle Woldeyessus
Birkhäuser, May 24, 2016 - Architecture - 224 pages
Informal settlements made up of corrugated iron shacks and other materials are a ubiquitous feature in the megacities of Africa, Asia and Latin America. In response to the enormous influx of migrants from the countryside, the informal city experienced a phenomenal growth. While rightly criticized for their lack of hygiene and for their low-level living conditions, these shelters nevertheless provide planning strategies and possibly even a roadmap to a resilient city in an emerging territory. The unregistered economic activities associated with them proliferate in a similar way and basic urban services are increasingly provided informally. Examples of these economic phenomena are microloans, bottom-up insurance or professions such as the "Kuré-Yalew" (refuse collector), who acts as an "urban miner" and thus contributes a valuable service to the community by recycling materials.
 

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Contents

From documentaries to architectural strategies
12
Informality in emerging territories
14
Space creation and a sense of responsibility
34
Social cultural and traditional context
74
Selfemployment as economic empowerment
114
Paradigm shifts in urban strategies
150
Spatial dialogic
190
_Spaces The documentary series
201
Editors and contributors
214
Acknowledgements
220
Illustration credits
222
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Felix Heisel, ETH Zürich Bisrat Kifle, Chair of Architecture & Design, EiABC, Addis Ababa.

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