Journal article

Informal urbanism and complex adaptive assemblage

K Dovey

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING REVIEW | LIVERPOOL UNIV PRESS | Published : 2012

Abstract

Informal urbanism, from informal settlements to economies and street markets, is integral to cities of the global South - economically, socially, environmentally and aesthetically. This paper seeks to unfold and re-think this informal/formal conception using two interconnected theoretical frameworks. First is assemblage theory derived from the work of Deleuze and Guattari, in which a series of twofold concepts such as rhizomic/tree and smooth/striated resonate with the informal/formal construct. Second is theory on complex adaptive systems, in which dynamic and unpredictable patterns of self-organisation emerge with certain levels of resilience or vulnerability. These approaches are drawn to..

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