La crescita degli insediamenti informali chiamati comunemente slum è stata irresistibile negli ultimi decenni, fino a costituire una delle caratteristiche salienti delle grandi metropoli contemporanee. Proliferano ovunque, e non solo nei paesi arretrati, periferie misere e autocostruite che circondano le grandi agglomerazioni urbane del pianeta. Ma come è possibile gestire, amministrare, eventualmente …

This article investigates the birth and evolution of a Business Improvement District (BID) in Talimhane, Istanbul, which is the first case of use of this instrument of neoliberal governance in the Turkish city. The distinctive nature of the Talimhane BID consists in the fact that it has been developed through …

Discussions of the illicit and the illegal have tended to be somewhat restricted in their disciplinary range, to date, and have been largely confined to the literatures of anthropology, criminology, policing and, to an extent, political science. However, these debates have impinged little on cognate literatures, not least those of …

Shaping Jerusalem: Spatial planning, politics and the conflict focuses on a hidden facet of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the relentless reshaping of the Holy City by the Israeli authorities through urban policies, spatial plans, infrastructural and architectural projects, land use and building regulations. From a political point of view, the Israeli-Palestinian …

The paper provides an introductory theoretical framework for this special issue. Firstly, the main weaknesses of the traditional ‘geography of informality’ are analyzed, including its tendency to focus on urban poverty in the ‘Global South’, to privilege its economic causes, and to treat the phenomenon in terms of clear-cut dichotomies. …

Ciclicamente, in Italia, si torna a parlare di abusivismo edilizio, con una certa tendenza, però, a farlo in maniera spesso raffazzonata e approssimativa. La politica nostrana, naturalmente, è capofila di questo pressappochismo. Paiono perciò utili almeno (tre) brevi precisazioni, presentate a grana grossa per questioni di brevità.