Teasing out the complexities of densification policy and processes

Providing an in-depth exploration of the complexities of densification policy and processes, Densifying the City? brings the important experiences of densification in Johannesburg into conversation with a range of cities in Africa, the BRICS countries and the Global North. Edited by Margot Rubin, Alison Todes, Philip Harrison and Alexandra Appelbaum, School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, the book moves beyond the divisive debate over whether densification is good or bad, adding nuance and complexity to the calls from multilateral organisations for densification as a key urban strategy.

Using empirical work in a comparative frame, Densifying the City? examines how densification policies and processes have manifested often in unanticipated or contrary ways. It offers important insights into resident-led densification and the processes and motivations that drive these activities.

ACC researcher Sean Cooke co-authored a chapter entitled Density, access and public transport finance with Roger Behrens and Mark Zuidgeest and ACC research associate Sylvia Croese contributed a chapter on densifying through TOD: International experience with BRT.

The book promises to be an invigorating read for urban studies and urban planning scholars looking to move beyond a basic understanding of densifying cities to understanding the strategy behind it and its successes. Urban policy makers will also appreciate the use of key case studies throughout the book.