Planning and Transformation provides a comprehensive view of planning under political transition in South Africa, offering an accessible resource for both students and researchers in an international and a local audience.
In the years after the 1994 transition to democracy in South Africa, planners believed they would be able to successfully promote a vision of integrated, equitable and sustainable cities, and counter the spatial distortions created by apartheid. This book covers the experience of the planning community, the extent to which their aims were achieved, and the hindering factors.
Although some of the factors affecting planning have been context-specific, the nature of South Africa’s transition and its relationship to global dynamics have meant that many of the issues confronting planners in other parts of the world are echoed here. Issues of governance, integration, market competitiveness, sustainability, democracy and values are significant, and the particular nature of the South African experience lends new insights to thinking on these questions, exploring the possibilities of achievement in the planning field.
Preface Part A: Setting the Scene Introduction 1. Planning the Spaces of Colonialism and Apartheid 2. New Planning Visions 3. Planning Post-Apartheid Part B: Planning and Governance Introduction: International Debates 4. Planning and Local Governance 5. Planning as Governance beyond the Local: The Regional Question, National and Provincial Planning Part C: Discourses of Planning Introduction: International Debates 6. Discourses of the Spatial 7. Discourses of Social Transformation 8. Discourses of the Economy and the Market 9. Discourses of Sustainability Part D: Planning and Society Introduction: International Debates 10. The Planning Profession and Society 11. Educating Planners 12. Planning, Democracy and Values 13. Responding to Diversity: Conflicting Rationalities 14. Responding to Informality 15. Conclusion: The Power of Planning and the Limits to Power: Learning from the South African Experience
Published in conjunction with the Royal Town Planning Institute [http://www.rtpi.org.uk/], this series of leading edge texts is intended for academics, educators, students and practitioners in planning and related fields. Written by globally renowned authors the series looks at all aspects of spatial planning theory and practice from a comparative and international perspective.