Dr Hazem Abu Orf (Palestine): Urban Informality in Divided Cities

4 May 2010, 17:15 - 19:00

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

Dr Hazem Abu Orf (The University of Palestine, Scholarship Rescue Fund Visiting Researcher at the University of Cambridge)

Informality either as an economic sector or as unplanned infrastructure dominates the research on 'Third World' cities. The presentation moves beyond this dichotomy by unpacking a different perspective to understanding the nature of informality by analysing the two community consensuses of the Nicosia case. This perspective rejects the notion of considering informality as a sector existing in isolation from the formal apparatus of planning. Rather, its notion supports the concept of the state of exception to regard informality as the 'objective of development' and adds some key factors deemed necessary to mobilising it in divided cities.


Part of the City Seminar seminar series.

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