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Urban Planning in North Africa

By Carlos Nunes Silva Copyright 2016
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

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    There has been relatively little written on the history of urban planning in North Africa, despite the wealth of towns and cities in this region which date back to Antiquity. The book explores the history of urban planning in North Africa and the challenges confronting contemporary urban planning in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. It examines the transnational flow of planning ideas during the colonial period, namely through the French, British, and Italian colonial presence, and the Portuguese and Spanish influences as well, and discusses key challenges currently confronting urban planning in the major urban centers in the region. The fifteen chapters that constitute the book offer an informed analysis of the history of urban planning in North Africa, covering the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial periods.


    Carlos Nunes Silva, PhD, is Professor Auxiliar at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal. His research interests are mainly focused on local government policies, history and theory of urban planning, urban and metropolitan governance, urban planning ethics, urban planning in Africa, research methods, local e-government, and urban e-planning.

    ’This volume is the first to survey the urban planning practices and policies of the northern African subcontinent, from Portuguese and Ottoman times to post-independence. Rather than attempting to discern homogeneity and continuity in the planning experiences across this vast region over so many centuries, the contributing authors discuss the varied ways in which these cities have been built. What emerges from these pages is an understanding of how local, colonial, national and international actors have shaped North Africa’s cities.’ Eric Ross, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco ’In times of increased interest in North Africa, this book offers variegated insights into the history and present tendencies of urban planning in the region. Nunes Silva presents a diverse and stimulating collection of articles that offer overview perspectives and original case-studies and will enrich ongoing discussions among scholars and planning professionals.’ Vittoria Capresi, Vienna University of Technology, Austria