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.


René Boer, Diego Ramírez-Lovering, Timothy Moore, Stefan Heidenreich, Jacqueline Hassink, Merve Bedir, Max Hampshire, Ton Matton, Larissa Meyer, Antoine Turillon, Mohammad Salemy, DPR Barcelona, Guus Beumer, Anil Bawa-Cavia, Keller Easterling, Jacqueline Tellinga


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

Are you working on your Fringe?

Initiated by Maarten van Tuijl and Isabelle Verhaert
Designed by Ellen van Huffel, Inge Gobert
40 pages, 26,5 x 20 cm
Soft cover, stapled

ISSN 1574-9401
ISBN 9789099766622


Arjen Oosterman
Editorial: If Then Else!?
René Boer
Smooth City
Diego Ramìrez Lovering interviewed by Timothy Moore
Disaster, Infrastructure and Commons
Stefan Heidenreich interviewed by Arjen Oosterman and Leonardo Dellanoce
There is no Such Thing
Jacqueline Hassink
Merve Bedir
The Violence of Safety: Transformation of Informal Housing in Turkey
Max Hampshire interviewed by Leonardo Dellanoce and Arjen Oosterman
Informality in Times of Blockchain
Ton Matton, Larissa Meyer, Antoine Turillon
The Vibrant Parts
Mohammad Salemy
Fully Automated Luxury Curation
DPR Barcelona
The Explicit-lyrics City
Guus Beumer
Justin’s Superbowl
Anil Bawa-Cavia
Algol 68
Keller Easterling interviewed by Leonardo Dellanoce and Arjen Oosterman
Empowering Design
Jacqueline Tellinga interviewed by Arjen Oosterman
I’d Rather Call it Self-regulation