11TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN

INFORMAL CITY EXHIBITION

This project is about bringing an important and relevant exhibition to those interested and involved in the informal sector so that authorities, professionals and the public alike can learn from valuable work that has been done in this field.

Technical Site Visit for COP17, United Nations 17th Conference of Parties 2011
2012 Finalist in the 15th annual Business Day BASA Awards : Art & Environment
Exhibited at the 25th International Union of Architects World Congress (UIA), 2014

“NOW MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER”

‘The South African Informal City’ exhibition was held at at the Bus Factory in Newtown, Johannesburg, from 11 November to 11 December 2011.
The South African Informal City Exhibition 2011

Project Vision

This project is about bringing an important and relevant exhibition to those interested and involved in the informal sector so that authorities, professionals and the public alike can learn from valuable work that has been done in this field.

The exhibition explores South Africa’s own conditions of informality by providing a showcase for the work being done locally to address these important issues; and it also provides a platform for comparison and an opportunity for peer-to-peer knowledge sharing.

SA INFORMAL CITY EXHIBITION

22 Outstanding Projects

The Architects’ Collective, in collaboration with its valued partners, hosted the ‘The South African Informal City’ exhibition at the Bus Factory in Newtown from 11 November to 11 December 2011. The exhibition was one of the Technical Site Visits offered by the Local Government Programme for COP17, during the United Nations 17th Conference of Parties, which ran from 28 November to the 9 December 2011 in Durban, South Africa.

INFORMALITY

Research & Reflections

In-Situ Upgrading

Backyard Interventions

Catalytic Projects

Inner City Informality

Seminars

GET THE BOOK

The Architects' Collective was of the opinion that the content sourced for the exhibition was of such high quality and value that the decision was made to extend the reach beyond the digital medium by producing a book holding the content of the exhibition panels in a easy to access format.

This was made possible through the sponsorship of Urban Landmark and UKaid.

The content was curated by Karen Eicker for the Architects' Collective and edited by architects Lone Poulsen and Melinda SIlverman, who in addition jointly managed the book design & production process.

A book by architects + planners for architects + planners

INFORMAL SECTOR NEWS

Insights from Zimbabwe on how to link formal and informal economies
NEWS & INFORMATION

Insights from Zimbabwe on how to link formal and informal economies

Three things that can go wrong at an illegal oil refinery in Nigeria
RESEARCH

Three things that can go wrong at an illegal oil refinery in Nigeria

Street traders in South Africa play a vital role: protecting their rights.
OPINION

Street traders in South Africa play a vital role: protecting their rights.

New forms of urban planning are emerging in Africa
OPINION

New forms of urban planning are emerging in Africa

How informal sector organisations in Zimbabwe shape notions of citizenship
NEWS & INFORMATION

How informal sector organisations in Zimbabwe shape notions of citizenship

A portal designed specially for informal businesses could be a game-changer
OPINION

A portal designed specially for informal businesses could be a game-changer

The World Bank and IMF are using flawed logic in their quest to do away with the informal sector
OPINION

The World Bank and IMF are using flawed logic in their quest to do away with the informal sector

How the informal economy solves some urban challenges in a Zimbabwean town
NEWS & INFORMATION

How the informal economy solves some urban challenges in a Zimbabwean town

Informal workers in Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso have been hit harder by COVID-19
NEWS & INFORMATION

Informal workers in Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso have been hit harder by COVID-19

Johannesburg is threatening to sideline informal waste pickers. Why it’s a bad idea
OPINION

Johannesburg is threatening to sideline informal waste pickers. Why it’s a bad idea

Informal waste management in Lagos is big business: policies need to support the trade
RESEARCH

Informal waste management in Lagos is big business: policies need to support the trade

Nigeria’s COVID-19 waste management policy should include the informal sector
OPINION

Nigeria’s COVID-19 waste management policy should include the informal sector

How the COVID-19 pandemic will affect informal workers. Insights from Kenya
OPINION

How the COVID-19 pandemic will affect informal workers. Insights from Kenya

South Africa’s spaza shops: how regulatory avoidance harms informal workers
OPINION

South Africa’s spaza shops: how regulatory avoidance harms informal workers

Informal economies are diverse: South African policies need to recognise this
OPINION

Informal economies are diverse: South African policies need to recognise this

Insights into commercial contracting from South Africa’s informal sector
RESEARCH

Insights into commercial contracting from South Africa’s informal sector

Kenya should be focused on recycling, not banning plastic bags
OPINION

Kenya should be focused on recycling, not banning plastic bags

Why brutalising food vendors hits Africa’s growing cities where it hurts
OPINION

Why brutalising food vendors hits Africa’s growing cities where it hurts

Ugandan architects struggle with the dilemma of what’s appropriate
NEWS & INFORMATION

Ugandan architects struggle with the dilemma of what’s appropriate

Why it doesn’t make sense that all informal mining is deemed illegal
OPINION

Why it doesn’t make sense that all informal mining is deemed illegal

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