1st Edition

Planning and Transformation Learning from the Post-Apartheid Experience

    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    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


    Philip Harrison is Executive Director of Development Planning and Urban Management in the City of Johannesburg and an honorary professor at the University of the Witwatersrand where he was previously professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Architecture and Planning.

    Alison Todes is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand. She was previously a Research Director at the Human Sciences Research Council, and Professor of Planning at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

    Vanessa Watson is Professor in the City and Regional Planning Programme in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town.