Volume #52: The End of Informality

May, 2018

Informality can be interpreted as a positive quality hinting at individual freedom or even be romanticized as bottom up and empowering force. But informality as safety valve for a system that is not able to adjust to changing conditions smoothly and quickly enough is another matter. The mass migration of people to cities cannot be met by regular housing schemes, so people have to provide their own. The sea of unemployed provides a labor reserve that comes in handy when the economy is growing and that can easily be ditched once the economy slows down again. In global capitalist market economy, informality is not an errant, a flaw in the system that’ll soon be taken care of; it is part of the system’s ‘design’.

> This Volume issue is accompanied by the ‘Are you working on your fringe?’ supplement. Nine European cities investigated strategies for transforming post-war fringe areas of their municipalities. <

Table of Contents

Editorial: If Then Else!?
Arjen Oosterman

Smooth City
René Boer

Disaster, Infrastructure and Commons
Diego Ramìrez Lovering interviewed by Timothy Moore

There is no Such Thing
Stefan Heidenreich interviewed by Arjen Oosterman and Leonardo Dellanoce

Unwired
Jacqueline Hassink

The Violence of Safety: Transforamtion of Informal Housing in Turkey
Merve Bedir

Informality in Times of Blockchain
Max Hampshire interviewed by Leonardo Dellanoce and Arjen Oosterman

The Vibrant Parts
Ton Matton, Larissa Meyer, Antoine Turillon

Fully Automated Luxury Curation
Mohammad Salemy

The Explicit-lyrics City
DPR Barcelona

Justin’s Superbowl
Guus Beumer

Algol 68
Anil Bawa-Cavia

Empowering Design
Keller Easterling interviewed by Leonardo Dellanoce and Arjen Oosterman

I’d Rather Call it Self-regulation
Jacqueline Tellinga interviewed by Arjen Oosterman

Information

Volume #52: The End of Informality
Editor in Chief: Arjen Oosterman
Designed by Irma Boom Office (I. Boom, J. van der Kleijn)
64 Pages, 33 x 24 cm
Soft cover, stapled
ISSN 1574-9401
ISBN 9789099766622

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