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Urban Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa

Colonial and Post-Colonial Planning Cultures, 1st Edition

By Carlos Nunes Silva


306 pages

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Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa are unequally confronted with social, economic and environmental challenges, particularly those related with population growth, urban sprawl, and informality. This complex and uneven African urban condition requires an open discussion of past and current urban planning practices and future reforms. Urban Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa gives a broad perspective of the history of urban planning in Sub-Saharan Africa and a critical view of issues, problems, challenges and opportunities confronting urban policy makers.

The book examines the rich variety of planning cultures in Africa, offers a unique view on the introduction and development of urban planning in Sub-Saharan Africa, and makes a significant contribution against the tendency to over-generalize Africa’s urban problems and Africa’s urban planning practices. Urban Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa is written for postgraduate students and advanced undergraduates, researchers, planners and other policy makers in the multidisciplinary field of Urban Planning, in particular for those working in Spatial Planning, Architecture, Geography, and History.


"This book is an important addition to African planning scholarship, recognizing the interface between urban planning practices shaped by context as well as imported ideas." - Vanessa Watson, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Cape Town

"We are increasingly familiar with the problems that demographic growth, inequality, spatial dualism and post-colonial adjustment pose for cities in the developing world. Few studies, however, have fully got to grips with the sheer diversity of challenges that planners in such cities face. This book breaks new ground by offering comparative analysis of past, present and emerging planning practices across a swathe of sub-Saharan Africa. Packed with incisive case-studies and penetrating critique, it is required reading for anyone interested in the realities of planning cities in the Global South." - John Gold, Professor of Urban Historical Geography, Oxford Brookes University

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Urban Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa: an Overview Chapter 3: The IFHTP Discourse on Urbanism in Colonial Africa between the Wars Chapter 4: Colonial Urban Planning in Anglophone Africa Chapter 5: Colonial Planning Concept and Postcolonial Realities. The Influence of British Planning Culture in Tanzania, South Africa and Ghana Chapter 6: French Colonial Urbanism in Africa Chapter 7: The Grid Plan in the History of Senegalese Urban Design Chapter 8: Architecture and Town Planning in Italian East Africa during the years of the Empire (1936-1941) Chapter 9: Colonial Cities at the Crossroads: Italy and Ethiopia Chapter 10: The German Variation. A Sketch of Colonial Städtebau in Africa, 1884-1919 Chapter 11: Crossed Colonization. Housing Development in Urban Peripheries. The Hispanic-African Colonial Territories, 1912 – 1976 – 2013 Chapter 12: Kinshasa’s Syndrome-Planning in Historical Perspective: from Belgian Colonial Capital to self- constructed Megalopolis Chapter 13: Influence of Croatian Urban Planners in Postcolonial Africa. Urban Development Plan of Conakry, Guinea, 1963 Chapter 14: Reflections on Some Aspects of Town-Building at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, During the 1800s of Relevance to Today Chapter 15: Valuing Possibility: South-South Cooperation and Participatory Budgeting in Maputo, Mozambique Chapter 16: The Developmentalist Origins and Evolution of Planning Education in Sub-Saharan Africa, c1940 to 2010

About the Author

Carlos Nunes Silva is Professor Auxiliar at the University of Lisbon at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning in Portugal. Silva is also editor-in-chief of the International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning