Globally, the upgrade of informal settlements is no
longer considered a marginal issue. Contributions to
the discourse in terms of policy reviews and strategies
emanate from various sectors concerned with the socioeconomic,
spatial and political consequences of such
upgrade. is feature investigates the nuances in this
discourse and how work undertaken by architectural
professionals in South Africa has served to support particular perspectives on informal-settlement upgrade.
e argument is forwarded that the architectural
profession could make a positive contribution to the issue
by undertaking a critical stance on the role informal
settlements play in emergent urban processes, thereby
engaging at a meaningful level of transformation.