Urban Informality: Toward an Epistemology of Planning

  title={Urban Informality: Toward an Epistemology of Planning},
  author={Ananya Guha Roy},
  journal={Journal of the American Planning Association},
  pages={147 - 158}
  • A. Roy
  • Published 30 June 2005
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Abstract Many of the significant urban transformations of the new century are taking place in the developing world. In particular, informality, once associated with poor squatter settlements, is now seen as a generalized mode of metropolitan urbanization. This article focuses on urban informality to highlight the challenges of dealing with the “unplannable” exceptions to the order of formal urbanization. It argues that planners must learn to work with this state of exception. Such policy… 

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