urban planning


Conflicts Between and Within: The ‘Conflicting Rationalities’ of Informal Occupation in South Africa

Liza Rose Cirolia, Nobukhosi Ngwenya

As part of their PEAK Urban research project Analysing Human Settlement Transformation in Cape Town, researchers Nobukhosi Ngwenya and Liza Rose Cirolia co-authored this paper which uses land occupations in Cape Town as a lens to explore conflicting rationalities. ABSTRACT One of the most pervasive planning challenges in Southern cities is the formal housing shortage. […]

Methodological considerations for researching corruption and building urban integrity – a Qualitative Action Experiment in Zambia

Laura Nkula-Wenz

The first contribution (Zinnbauer 2019) to the Cities of Integrity working paper series put forward two key messages: first, that tackling corruption in urban development is a key policy challenge of our time; and second, that activating the professional integrity of the urban planning community is a particularly promising and underexplored response to this challenge. (more…)

IN THE PRESS: Upgrades to informal settlements urgently needed

Warren Smit

Khayelitsha is one of the many townships in South Africa established as a racially segregated residential area under the apartheid regime. Like most areas established for “black Africans” during apartheid, it exists on the periphery of the city, some 39km from Cape Town’s centre. About 10 years ago, Khayelitsha represented the largest concentration of poverty […]

IN THE PRESS: Future Cities Interview with Anton Cartwright

Anton Cartwright

Exclusive interview with Anton Cartwright, a researcher at the African Centre for Cities (ACC) and a featured speaker in the Future Cities track at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa in Cape Town in November. Can we start with the African Centre for Cities and the work that you do? ACC is an interdisciplinary research […]

Urbanisation Lab delivers co-produced policy guidance for Ghanaian government

Anton Cartwright

To deliver on the Coalition for Urban Transitions‘ project — a major global initiative to support national governments to accelerate economic development and tackle dangerous climate change by transforming towns and cities — the African Centre for Cities applied versions of the ‘citylab’ model that have been used elsewhere (see Anderson et al. 2013) in […]

Integrity in urban development

The tenth World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi brought together thousands of advocates, civil society organisations, practitioners and government officials to discuss the impacts of urbanisation, housing, land and climate change. Panel discussions, roundtables and networking sessions focused on addressing poverty, inequality and human rights. Despite the strong emphasis on accountability and transparency in the […]

Cities of Integrity project launch in Zambia

by Dorothy Ndhlovu and Gilbert Siame The launch of the Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme (GI-ACE) Cities of Integrity project was held on the 19 July 2019 at Protea Hotel Towers in Lusaka, Zambia. The launch was jointly organised by the Center for Urban Research and Planning (CURP) at the University of Zambia (UNZA), Zambia Institute […]

New ACC paper argues for strengthening integrity within the planning profession to combat corruption in urban development

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 […]

New Handbook: Shaping Urbanization for Children: A Handbook on Child-responsive Urban Planning

Warren Smit

African Centre for Cities researcher Dr Warren Smit, was a member of the reference group for the newly launched UNICEF handbook entitled: Shaping Urbanization for Children: A Handbook on Child-responsive Urban Planning. The handbook calls all urban stakeholders to invest in child-responsive urban planning, recognising that cities are not only drivers of prosperity, but also […]

Urban Humanities: Conversations on cultural mapping and planning

“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 […]

Urban Food Systems Governance and Poverty in African Cities

As Africa urbanises and the focus of poverty shifts to urban centres, there is an imperative to address poverty in African cities. This is particularly the case in smaller cities, which are often the most rapidly urbanising, but the least able to cope with this growth. This book, a research output from the Consuming Urban […]

The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South

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 […]

Companion to Planning in the Global South

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, […]

Urban Planning in the Global South

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…)

Future foreshore winning bid, Cape Town.

ACC BROWNBAG Future Foreshore: are affordable housing and lowered freeways possible?

Join ACC on Thursday, 8 March at 13:00 for the first in a series of Brownbag seminars. The hot topic of discussion is the winning bid for the redevelopment of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct, Cape Town. SPEAKERS Lisa Kane Kane is a Honorary Research Associate with the Centre for Transport Studies at UCT and co-founder and board member […]

New video series on urban law reform in Africa launched

Stephen Berrisford

As a part of the dissemination of the Reforming Urban Law in Africa: a practical guide, which was recently awarded the Dubai International Award for Best Practices(DIABP) in the category University Research Award on Legislation, Rules, Regulations & Governance Systems, is a newly launched video series. Featuring co-author of the guide Stephen Berrisford, the 13-part series cover each section […]

Reforming Urban Laws in Africa

International award for ground-breaking urban law reform guide

Stephen Berrisford

African Centre for Cities is pleased to announce that Adjunct Professor Stephen Berrisford was awarded the Dubai International Award for Best Practices (DIABP) in the category University Research Award on Legislation, Rules, Regulations & Governance Systems for Reforming Urban Laws in Africa: a practical guide which he wrote along with the late Patrick McAuslan. Jointly awarded […]

ACC NOTRUC Seminar Series: Thinking Emancipatory Change through In-depth Urban Case Studies

Henrik Ernstson, Suraya Scheba

Cities are highly unequal places where histories of oppression is etched into the very machinery that makes them tick. This includes policies and regulations around who can trade and where, the use of police or anti-eviction forces as an integral part of urban planning, and how large-scale infrastructure projects can re-shape wider ecological dynamics to […]