Launch: The South African Informal City – 10 November 2011, 18:00 for 18:30, Bus Factory, Newtown, Johannesburg

In celebration of World Architecture Day, the Architects’ Collective is proud to announce the South African Informal City Exhibition, to be held from 11 November 2011 at the Bus Factory in Newtown, Johannesburg, for a month.

The initiative will be a showcase of South Africa’s most relevant and innovative projects that explore informality in the modern metropolis. The aim is to open up dialogue and discussion around the critical issues of informality and urban development, in order to further cooperation, information sharing and positive action between policy makers, practitioners and academics involved in this environment.

The exhibition will focus on pioneering projects throughout South Africa, in centres that are at the heart of urban migration. The magnetic quality of these centres means that metropolitan areas have a large and continuous need to provide shelter and associated social amenities. These conditions demand innovative, appropriate approaches to the issues of informality, and this exhibition will explore a range of realised and research projects, some of which are unique to the South African condition, and some of which share questions and concerns with other developing countries. For more information, visit www.informalcity.co.za.

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