As people in the US started working from home last spring due to the impacts and restrictions of COVID-19, there Continue reading
At the hand of a global pandemic, the world as we know it is changing. Our cities are more vulnerable Continue reading
Every city around the globe faces questions of horizontal expansion at one time or another in its life – when Continue reading
I first started writing about Instant Cities in 2013 as a way to describe how post-crisis displacement and refugee camps Continue reading
Communities that are rebuilding or reforming following a crisis exist in a constant flux of formality and informality. This liminal existence, at once formal and informal manifests itself physically in many of the places that displaced families seek shelter.
When we talk about informality, or informal settlements, we almost always focus on places where that informality is the status quo. But, the more one looks, the more one sees how informality and formality are constantly intersecting and feeding off of each other. This is the first in a series of posts exploring the intersections of formality and informality, and is focused on insertions.