Planning in Self-Planned Informal Cities

Morshed, Md. Manjur (2020) Planning in Self-Planned Informal Cities. SHAPING URBAN CHANGE – Livable City Regions for the 21st Century. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2020, 25th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 667-676. ISSN 2521-3938

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Post-colonial urban informality is subject to binary interpretations, entrenching or inverting existing practices. There is a renewed attention in urban studies literature to view cities as self-organising systems rather than as an outcome of a top-down hierarchical planning process. With case studies from Khulna city, Bangladesh, the argument presented in this paper reiterates the self-organising system theory where the built-environment is a juxtaposition and spatial negotiation of numerous (micro)informal planning organisations. Land-owner association, housing societies, private land developers, mosque committees, local ward counsellors, young environmental activists, or even individual actors are the true (micro)planners anddecision-makers who negotiate everyday spatial arrangement and service provision of post-colonial cities. Such negotiations and arrangements are not necessarily responses to planning failure, but are democratic, aligned to stakeholders’ aspirations, and testify the need to incorporate such inputs into the planning code. I then argue, that, qualitative negotiations and arrangements, as such informality,need to be incorporated as planning rule in cities of urban informality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: advocacy, negotiated space, urban informality, Khulna, Bangladesh
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology > TH Building construction
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 18:01
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2021 18:01

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