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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Urban Planning in Africa

Edited By

Carlos Nunes Silva

ISBN 9781032086545
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
388 Pages 100 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook contributes with new evidence and new insights to the on-going debate on the de-colonization of knowledge on urban planning in Africa.

African cities grew rapidly since the mid-20th century, in part due to rising rural migration and rapid internal demographic growth that followed the independence in most African countries. This rapid urbanization is commonly seen as a primary cause of the current urban management challenges with which African cities are confronted. This importance given to rapid urbanization prevented the due consideration of other dimensions of the current urban problems, challenges and changes in African cities. The contributions to this handbook explore these other dimensions, looking in particular to the nature and capacity of local self-government and to the role of urban governance and urban planning in the poor urban conditions found in most African cities. It deals with current and contemporary urban challenges and urban policy responses, but also offers an historical overview of local governance and urban policies during the colonial period in the late 19th and 20th centuries, offering ample evidence of common features, and divergent features as well, on a number of facets, from intra-urban racial segregation solutions to the relationships between the colonial power and the natives, to the assimilation policy, as practiced by the French and Portuguese and the Indirect Rule put in place by Britain in some or in part of its colonies.

Using innovative approaches to the challenges confronting the governance of African cities, this handbook is an essential read for students and scholars of Urban Africa, urban planning in Africa and African Development.

Table of Contents

1. Ancient, Colonial and Post-Colonial Urban Planning in Africa - An Introduction
Carlos Nunes Silva 

Part 1: Colonial Urban Planning and Pre-Colonial Urban Heritage in Africa 

2. The Birth of a Town. Indigenous Planning and Colonial Intervention in Bolgatanga, Northern Territories of the Gold Coast
Domenico Cristofaro 

3. History of the Urban Planning of the City of Zinder in the Niger Republic
Abdou Kailou Djibo 

4. Mise En Valeur and Repopulation in Colonial Rural Development in French Morocco
Michele Tenzon 

5. Infrastructure and Urban Planning: The Port and City of Algiers under French Colonial Rule, 19th - 20th Century
Souha Salhi 

6. Living in Lourenco Marques in the Early 20th Century: Urban Planning, Development and Well-Being
Ana Roque 

7. Colonizing and Infra-Structureing the Angolan Territory Through Colonist Settlements: The Case of the Cela Settlement
Filipa Fiúza and Ana Vaz Milheiro 

8. Diamang's Urban Project - Between the Peace of Versailles and the Colonial Act
Ana Vaz Milheiro and Beatriz Serrazina 

Part 2: Post-Colonial Urban Planning in Africa 

9. Local Governance and Urban Planning: Centralization, De-Concentration and Decentralization in Africa
Carlos Nunes Silva 

10. The Resilience, Adaptability and Transformation of the South African Planning Profession
Verna Nel and Martin Lewis 

11. Setting Standards and Competencies for Planners
Martin Lewis and Verna Nel 

12. African Design and Ciam Expansion after the Charter of Athens
Elisa Dainese 

13. To Survey, Control and Design: Doxiadis and Fathy on Africa's Future and Identity, 1959-63
Filippo De Dominicis 

14. New Towns in Algeria: Planned Process to Control the Accelerated Urbanization, Case of Sidi Abdellah and Ali Mendjeli
Nadia Chabi and Khalil Bouhadjar 

15. Emergent Urbanism in Angola and Mozambique: Management of the Unknown
Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues 

16. The Africanisation of Public Space in South Africa: A Moment of Opportunity
Karina Landman 

17. Missed the Stop? Incremental Upgrading or Waiting For Housing in Buffalo City
Gerhard Kienast 

18. Framing Power in Co-Production Engagements in Kampala City, Uganda
Gilbert Siame and Wilma S. Nchito 

19. Power-Shifts in the Organisational Landscapes of Transport Provision - The Introduction of BRT in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam
Nadine Appelhans and Sabine Baumgart 

20. Informality, Urban Transport Infrastructure, and the Lessons of History in Accra, Ghana
Jennifer Hart 

21. Moroccan Towns - Nourishing Urban Spaces?
Heide Studer 

22. Planning for less Planning: Supporting Informal Food Systems in Nairobi
Andrea M. Brown 

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Carlos Nunes Silva, Geographer, PhD, is Professor Auxiliar at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal. He is the Chair of the IGU Commission on ‘Geography of Governance’ and the founding editor-in-chief of the ‘International Journal of E-Planning Research’.