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Rice, Louis

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Louis Rice
Associate Professor in Architecture



This chapter is a critical examination of the architecture/s of informal cities. Informal cities will house the majority of the world’s urban population by the middle of this century. The scale of this new development is unprecedented in its scale, every week another million people arrive to set up home in the informal cities of the world. Each year, it is the equivalent of building a city the combined size of London, Paris, Rome, New York, Tokyo, Beijing and Sydney. Despite its superabundance, there is relatively little research on the architectural qualities of these settlements. The paper sets out some of the defining characteristics of informality from an architectural perspective, and some lessons learned that could be deployed in ‘formal’ architecture.


Rice, L. (2015). Informal architecture/s. In L. Rice, & D. Littlefield (Eds.), Transgression: Towards an Expanded Field of Architecture (87-101). London: Routledge

Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 29, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 29, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 87-101
Book Title Transgression: Towards an Expanded Field of Architecture
ISBN 9781138818910
Keywords architecture, informal cities, urban design, tactics, processual
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