Spatial Inequality

Where to begin?

Originally posted on Spatial (in)Equality:
The inherent nature of spatial inequality is that it is the physical manifestation of injustice through space and place. It’s existence is due to the roles played by spatial practitioners, albeit in service of the relevant possessors of power (political or economic) at the time. It is therefore the…

Spatial Inequality – a working definition

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Spatial inequality is the phenomena where there is an unequal degree of access to resources and services by individuals in certain areas, because of the areas they live in. Traditionally, people living in urban areas had more access to resources and services than those in rural areas because of…

Informality

Originally posted on Spatial (in)Equality:
It is important to understand what is implied by the distinction between formality and informality in the built environment. Government has certain definitions While architects may have other definitions There is a certain attractiveness that some architects tend to see in informality, especially when it speaks to the natural…

Urban vs. Rural

Originally posted on Spatial (in)Equality:
In South Africa, it is difficult to simply divide places into Urban and Rural categories. Traditionally, Urban settings refer to those that are more formal and rural to those that are informal, unregulated and unsupervised. However, in South Africa there are may sub-categories to consider. In 1996 the government…

Apartheid

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Image Reference: Davis, R.J. 1981. The model of the apartheid city according to Davies. [online] http://books.openedition.org/irdeditions/1807?lang=en

Workshopping Spatial Inequality in South Africa

Originally posted on Spatial (in)Equality:
On 14 February some people* gathered at The Point and discussed some basics around the topic of Spatial Inequality in South Africa. The discussion was mostly anecdotal and involved us sharing our ideas and understandings of the topic. We developed the discussion around a diagram that positioned Apartheid City…

Why is addressing Spatial Inequality necessary?

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The United Nations has long treasured the notion of Sustainable development, which has consequently been a focus in governments worldwide. In 2015 the United Nations released the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which served as a follow up to the Millennium Development Goals and hoped to address its shortcomings…