Urban Informality in a Global Perspective: Policy, Planning, and Design

Schools of Public Engagement: Milano General Curriculum

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Urban Informality Global Persp

Spring 2021

Taught By: Joseph Heathcott

Section: A

CRN: 9008

Credits: 3

Over the past few decades, there has been a growing interest in informality as a major driver of urbanization and city life around the world. Policy makers, planners, architects, development workers, artists, and activists have focused on urban informality across multiple domains: from housing and settlement, to work, infrastructure, mobility, finance, and other modes of human experience. In most cases, urban informality emerges as a 'problem to be solved' through a variety of interventions. This course takes a close and careful look at urban informality as it unfolds across the world, examining it along several dimensions, including the conceptual, the historical, the material, and the affective. We consider modes of informality across a broad swath of the Global North and Global South, with due attention to informal practices among elites and the middle-class as well as working-class and poor people. Finally, we review multiple efforts over the last half-century to define and intervene into urban informal systems, whether through ideologically-driven programs or well-intentioned technocratic 'improvement' schemes. In the end, the purpose of this course is not to figure out how we can solve "the problem" of urban informality, but rather to figure out how we are conceiving "the problem" in the first place.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Milano General Curriculum (NMIL)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:55am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/4/2021