A Street with Informal Regulation

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Two keywords that are significant in the debate over the occupation of the street and public space are ‘formal and informal’ activities. It appears that this discussion will continue in urban planning and design as the socio-economic conditions keep changing. It is the notion of urban planning and design that points to the ‘informal activities’ by perceiving this as an advantage to a city’s socio-economic qualities. Hence, informally becomes formal as a recognition of its significance in the urban realm. On the contrary, when formality brings no advantages then informality found its position better and reinforced as a place-maker. The urban theory of the global North cannot directly explain this informality of the East or that of the under-developed countries in the global South due to their significant differences in ethnicity, socio-culture conditions, high population growth with a low level of education and awareness of ‘urban rules’ of the West. Street space management becomes a tremendous challenge and hence becomes contested in maintaining an urban livelihood. However, the Global South has unique and powerful strategies that can organise the built environment based on stable and sustainable communities. The relationship between the physical, the spiritual human and space, which become one of the key factors in establishing an informal balance of control, power, space territoriality and liveability of street space, therefore, become a major focus of this chapter.


Street Contestation Informal Control Territoriality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture, Engineering FacultyUdayana UniversityBaliIndonesia

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