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Rethinking the Informal City: Critical Perspectives From Latin America

edited by Felipe Hernández, Peter Kellett and Lea K. Allen
New York : Berghahn Books, 2010.
Remapping cultural history
9781845455828 (hbk. : alk. paper), 1845455827 (hbk. : alk. paper)
Latin American cities have always been characterized by a strong tension between what is vaguely described as their formal and informal dimensions. However, the terms formal and informal refer not only to the physical aspect of cities but also to their entire socio-political fabric. Informal cities and settlements exceed the structures of order, control and homogeneity that one expects to find in a formal city; therefore the contributors to this volume - from such disciplines as architecture, urban planning, anthropology, urban design, cultural and urban studies and sociology - focus on alternative methods of analysis in order to study the phenomenon of urban informality. This book provides a thorough review of the work that is currently being carried out by scholars, practitioners and governmental institutions, in and outside Latin America, on the question of informal cities.
  • 1. Introduction: Reimagining the informal in Latin America / Felipe Hernandez and Peter Kellett
  • Pt. 1: Critical perspectives. 2. Form of the informal : investigating Brazilian self-built housing solutions / Fernando Luiz Lara ; 3. Informal practices in the formal city : housing, disagreement and recognition in downtown Sao Paulo / Zeuler R. Lima and Vera M. Pallamin ; 4. Formal architecture of Brasilia : an analysis of the contemporary urban role of its satellite settlements / Annalisa Spencer ; 5. Evolution of informal settlements in Chile : improving housing condition in cities / Paola Jiron ; 6. Housing for the poor in the city centre : a review of the Chilean experience and a challenge for incremental design / Margarita Greene and Eduardo Rojas
  • Pt. 2: Critical practices. 7. Rules of engagement : Caracas and the informal city / Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner ; 8. Integrated informality in the barrios of Havana / Ronaldo Ramirez ; 9. Formal-informal connections in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro : the favela-barrio programme / Roberto Segre ; 10. Spatial strategies and urban social policy : urbanism and poverty reduction in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro / Jorge Fiori and Zeca Brandao ; 11. Urban and social articulation : megacities, exclusion and urbanity / Jorge Mario Jauregui ; 12. Public-city in Manifesto : the formal city in-formed by public interest / Claudio Vekstein.
xiv, 249 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Remapping cultural history ; v. 11
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