296 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2011
Marie Huchzermeyer discusses "the question of 'slums' or informal settlements and the global forces, in the form of campaigns and urban policy norms, that shape the dominant approach to informal settlements." from her introduction
"Marie Huchzermeyer has tackled an issue of enormous social and political significance. With about half the world's population now living in cities and with rural-to-urban migration continuing unabated, the question of worldwide slums and slum eradication is central to understanding city-building processes and urbanization in the future." Martin Murray, Professor of Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Marie Huchzermeyer is an academic and public intellectual at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also the author of "Unlawful Occupations: informal settlements and urban policy in South Africa and Brazil" (2004) and "Tenement Cities: from 19th century Berlin to 21st century Nairobi" (2011).