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Imagining the Edgy CityWriting, Performing, and Building Johannesburg$
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Loren Kruger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199321902

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199321902.001.0001

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2012: City in the World

2012: City in the World

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Imagining the Edgy City
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Loren Kruger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199321902.003.0006

Twenty-first-century Johannesburg juxtaposes post-metropolitan suburban sprawl in gated estates, informal settlements, privately funded simulations of public city space (Melrose Arch), and heritage monuments (Freedom Square Kliptown) with art and urban renewal projects embedded in the urban fabric. These include new structures like Constitution Hill, renovated buildings like Drill Hall, revived districts such as Maboneng and Sophiatown, and informally reanimated derelict sites such as the former Albert Street pass office and squatter encampments, which highlight ongoing wealth disparity and inequality of rights and access amid the real estate boom. Key players in urban planning and artistic reanimation include the Johannesburg Development Agency, Joubert Park Project, Trinity Session, Centre for Historical Re-enactments, William Kentridge, Lael Bethlehem, Stephen Hobbs, Maja Marx, and Gabi Ngcobo.

Keywords:   suburban sprawl, urban renewal, public art, informal settlements

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