(In)formal City

26’10 south Architects,
the University of Johannesburg
and the Goethe Institut


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Informality is a complex terrain in post-apartheid South Africa. On one hand it provides access to economic opportunity in a diversity of forms to marginalised people. On the other hand, informality is often read as harbouring illegal and unwanted activity that detracts from an investor-driven city vision. The (In)formal City Exhibition saught to shed some light on the importance of informality in Johannesburg.

The exhibition compiled a number of texts, graphics, videos and models from the work completed by 26'10 south Architects and the University of Johannesburg in Marlboro South and Ruimsig, Johannesburg. I was asked to contribute a series of maps to the exhibition.

Supported by the Goethe Institut, the exhibition has since travelled to a number of other global cities.