by Christian Alexander The scourge of corruption in urban development has corrosive and far-reaching effects that can hardwire injustice into the fabric of cities and undermine social cohesion and trust within communities. Staggering figures reflecting the prevalence and impact of corruption in urban development demonstrate that tackling this issue is a key policy challenge of […]
“Cultural planning sits at the intersection of people, places and policies— It provides a framework for addressing the needs and objectives of a city’s cultural sector and cultural life including arts, culture and heritage groups and practitioners that shape a city’s cultural ecosystem.” Dr Rike Sitas will facilitate a discussion between three panelists that will look at […]
The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South offers an edited collection on planning in parts of the world which, more often than not, are unrecognised or unmarked in mainstream planning texts. In doing so, its intention is not to fill a ‘gap’ that leaves this ‘mainstream’ unquestioned but to re-theorise planning from a deep […]
There has been a growing recognition that planning ideas emerging from the industrialised economies of the ‘Global North’ are not necessarily appropriate in regions of the world with very different social, political and economic contexts. The Companion to Planning in the Global South offers a collection of essays on planning in parts of the world which, […]
Palgrave Macmillan have recently published a new title by Richard de Satgé and ACC’s Vanessa Watson Urban Planning in the Global South – Conflicting rationalities in contested urban space. (more…)
By Nancy Odendaal (2012), the paper analyses what it takes if urban planning is to be relevant and effective in the face of current and future urbanisation challenges on the African continent.
Alexandre Absan Frediani from the University College London (UCL) recently shared fascinating insights about participatory design through play in an interactive session moderated by ACC’s Liza Cirolia.
The African Centre for Cities and the International New Town Institute are excited to announce an open call for participation in the Density Syndicate. The Density Syndicate is looking for dynamic Cape Town based urbanists (architects / urban designers / planners) to participate in three studios over the course of 2014.
On December 5th, Africa Research Institute launched the latest edition of its Policy Voice series “For town and country: A new approach to urban planning in Kenya”. The event was opened by Vanessa Watson (University of Cape Town). The keynote address was given by the author of the publication: Peter Ngau (University of Nairobi)
As planning educators seek to train students for employment within the existing system, the urban and rural planning curricula of many planning schools are as outdated as planning legislation. Some African countries have no planning school.The reform and revitalisation of planning education – and legislation – could contribute signiﬁcantly to sustainable and more equitable urban […]