Cityscapes 4: After Informality (Africa Centre for Cities, November 2013)
Photographer Jodi Bieber’s portrait of a member of the Dube Young Blood Shotokan Karate Club in Soweto introduces the focus of the fourth issue of Cityscapes:
Soweto. Is it a viable model of what happens after informality? The
question does not propose a simple answer. Soweto’s redevelopment is
uneven. There are malls, loft developments, a theatre. More
significantly, there are roads and basic services. Change is afoot, but
not for all.
Also in the issue: a grouped series of reports, essays and
interviews tracing a zigzag path connecting Tel Aviv to Naples to Berlin
to Guangzhou, all cities where African migrants are a feature of the
urban matrix. There is a speculative logic at work in this grouping.