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LESSONS OF INFORMALITY: ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING FOR EMERGING TERRITORIES -- CONCEPTS FROM ETHIOPIA. Ed. by Felix Heisel and Bisrat Kifle. Birkhauser-Verlag fur Architektur, Basel, 2016. Published in association with ETH (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule), Zurich, and Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC). Distributed in the U.S.A. by Walter de Gruyter, GmbH, Berlin. 222 pp. with 153 ills. (121 col.) and DVD titled "_Spaces" with six documentary films. 25 x 18 cm. ISBN 9783035606690 In English.
Publisher's description: 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 micro-loans, bottom-up insurance or professions such as the "Kure-Yalew" (refuse collector).
Indexing: Western, Africa, Non-Western in a Western Style — Ethiopia — Post-2000 — Architecture — Urban Planning
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 174568
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