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Beyond Formal and Informal Structures

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Saturday, 30 April 2016


Beyond Formal and Informal Structures

Saturday, 30 April, 2 until 6pm

This event is part of the series 'Spatial Practices and the Urban Commons'.

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This cluster of talks will present case studies from around the world to show examples of the permeability of ‘informal’ and ‘formal’ architecture and systems of governance.

Josie McVitty is an urban development specialist with a focus on policy and investment for affordable housing and infrastructure delivery in rapidly growing urban environments. In recent years she has worked on city support programmes with the World Bank in Jakarta, Indonesia; on strategies for sustainable financing of neighbourhood improvement in Haiti, and on research and advisory in Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Vietnam, among other countries. She is currently based in South Africa, as a consultant to International Housing Solutions. Based on these experiences, her talk will focus on interventions that have bridged the gap between informal urban processes and formal systems, and provide examples of how community-led development can be harnessed in the design of government programmes to enhance their impact and sustainability.

Platon Issaias is an architect. He holds an MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from GSAPP, Columbia University and a PhD from TU Delft. Since 2015 he has been teaching Architecture at the Royal College of Art, London, and prior to that since 2012 Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture University College London. He will talk about his doctoral dissertation, ‘Beyond the Informal City’, and discuss ‘informal’ urbanisation that characterises the contemporary Greek cities and their urban typologies and protocols. Athens in particular will offer a case study and possible critique on the recent conceptions regarding the distinction between ‘informal’ and ‘formal’ urbanism. 

Tijana Stevanović is currently writing her PhD at Newcastle University on relations of Yugoslav workers’ self-management to the transformation of architectural practice in post-war New Belgrade. She is a Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and a Lecturer in Interior Architecture and Design, Theory and Practice at the University for Creative Arts. She initiated several collective projects which commonly explored the systems of knowledge classification and institutionalisation of critique in art production processes. Recent ones, developed and exhibited in Newcastle and Berlin are: I am too sad to dissent (2013), A Partial Index (2014) and Sick Leave (2015).

Tim Ivison is an artist and researcher based in Los Angeles. He is currently writing up a PhD dissertation on biopolitics in urban planning at the London Consortium, a multidisciplinary program based at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he studied under Mark Cousins. Ivison is a 2014-2016 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and teaches Cultural Studies at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles. His talk will focus on the 1970s redevelopment of certain areas of central London, and it’s public opposition.

Joanna Warsza is curator, researcher, writer in the fields of visual and performing arts and architecture. Her practice centres around social and political agendas, such as the invisibility of the Vietnamese community in Warsaw, Israeli youth delegations in Poland, and the legacy of post-Soviet architecture in the Caucasus. Currently she is a head of the curatorial program CuratorLab at Konstfack in Stockholm. Among others she curated the Public Program of Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg; Kamikaze Loggia, Georgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale and she was associate curator of the 7th Berlin Biennale. She edited of Stadium X-A Place That Never Was (2009), Forget Fear (2012) and Ministry of Highways: A Guide to the Performative Architecture of Tbilisi (2013).

Venue ( Address ): 


8 Cecil Court

London WC2N 4HE

Wednesday to Saturday

from 2 until 6 pm

and by appointment


+44 (0) 20 7379 9464

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