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Improvising Places: The Fluidity of Space in Informal Settlements

School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF10 3WA, UK
Sustainability 2020, 12(6), 2293; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062293
Received: 15 January 2020 / Revised: 21 February 2020 / Accepted: 10 March 2020 / Published: 15 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
This paper engages with how the incremental production of space works in informal settlements. As one of the critical challenges of urbanism in the cities of the global South, informal settlements cannot be simply addressed through ruthless practices of demolition and eviction since they can often be incrementally upgraded on the same site. Such practices of upgrading rely on a sophisticated understanding of how urban morphology and adaptation work in informal settlements. In this paper, I focus on the fluidity of space by drawing on a case study of an informal settlement in Pune, India. The key research methods are observation and visual recording. The results of this study provide a better understanding of how informal settlements work in terms of urban morphologies and adaptations. Such an understanding plays a significant role in exploring how the capacities of informality can be developed in consistency with the incremental upgrading of codes regarding public open space, access network, construction, and functional mix. This paper contributes to the ways in which built environment professions can effectively engage with incremental transformations of informal settlements. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban morphology; built form; spatial structure; informal settlement; urban form; informality; order; South Asia; informal urbanism; public space; adaptation urban morphology; built form; spatial structure; informal settlement; urban form; informality; order; South Asia; informal urbanism; public space; adaptation
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