Many cities around the world have been largely auto-constructed by their residents. Peripheral urbanisation refers to these auto-constructed modes of production of urban space that have three main defining characteristics. First, they operate with a specific temporality: they are long-term processes that create spaces that are always in the making. Second, they frequently unsettle official logics of legal property, formal labour, state regulation, and market capitalism. Nevertheless, they do not contest these logics directly as much as operate with them in transversal ways. Third, they generate new modes of politics through practices that produce new kinds of citizens, claims, circuits, and contestation. Cities produced through peripheral urbanisation are usually highly unequal and the quality of different sections of the urban space varies considerably. They are also perennially transforming themselves.
In this talk, Teresa Caldeira explores the main characteristics of processes of peripheral urbanisation and discusses some of the ways in which they have been transformed recently, both by gentrification and by the introduction of large scale production of low income housing for the market.
Free and open to the public, no booking necessary.
Image: Paolo Rosselli