Urban Planning in North Africa: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Urban Planning in North Africa

1st Edition

By Carlos Nunes Silva


210 pages

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Hardback: 9781472444844
pub: 2016-07-07
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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.


’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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Design and the Built Environment

Design and the Built Environment

Urban design is an expanding discipline bridging the gaps between the established built environment professions of architecture, planning, surveying, landscape architecture, and engineering. In this position, urban design also borrows from, and contributes to, academic discourse in areas as diverse as urban geography, sociology, public administration, cultural studies, environmental management, conservation and urban regeneration.

This series provides a means to disseminate more substantive urban and environmental design research. Specifically, contributions will be welcomed which are the result of original empirical research, scholarly evaluation, reflection on the practice and the process of urban design, and critical analysis of particular aspects of the built environment. Volumes should be of international interest and may reflect theory and practice from across one or more of the spatial scales over which urban design operates, from environmental and spatial design of settlements, to a concern with large areas of towns and cities - districts or quarters, to consideration of individual developments, urban spaces and networks of spaces, to the contribution of architecture in the urban realm.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development