New New Cairo: How to make sense of Egypt’s capital plans

Last month, Egypt’s Housing Minister announced plans to build a new capital city not far from Cairo. Could the new city be just another ‘castle in the sand?’

Urban News Roundup: April 3, 2015

Garissa University attack: at least 147 victims At least 147 Kenyans were killed in Thursday morning’s terror attack on Garissa University College, a number Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery described as a “high human cost.” Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery announced late Thursday that security forces had ended the day-long siege at the institution, after they killed the four … Continued

Five films about a city desired

During the final months of 2014, a year that showcased Cape Town as the World Design Capital, Cityscapes magazine and the African Centre for Cities [ACC] hosted an exhibition to showcase the everyday dreams and aspirations of Cape Town’s citizens. It was called “City Desired”.

Planning education gets a makeover

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovation promotes context-specific planning education and has been unrolled practical research projects to find solutions to Nairobi’s slumdwellers’ needs.

Urban News Roundup: March 20, 2015

Cairo to be replaced by new planned capital city Over the weekend, Egypt unveiled plans to build a wholly new capital somewhere to Cairo’s east, closer to the Red Sea. It would sprawl across some 150 square miles and potentially be home to as many as 7 million people, with the aim of boosting the … Continued

Tiny houses: new ideas for informal housing?

Tiny houses offer minimalist housing to those who can afford them. Could this new trend lead to developments that benefit the poor?

Urban news roundup: March 6, 2015

Mombasa to receive road upgrades Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has invited bids for the design of Port Reitz Road and Moi International Airport Road aimed at decongesting the two link roads. The roads are to be upgraded from a single carriage way to dual carriageway with grade separated junctions at the Magongo and Port … Continued

Urban news roundup: February 20, 2015

Addis Ababa to get second airport A major infrastructure project in Ethiopia designed to expand the capacity for handling passengers passing through the capital’s airport is on course for completion in 2018, but moves are already under way to build an additional airport. Airport project manager Hailu Gebremariam said Ethiopia is already studying potential sites … Continued

Mapping movement in Dar es Salaam

A team of researchers used open access data to map traffic congestion in Dar es Salaam. Urbanafrica.Net spoke to Lasse Mølle from the University of Copenhagen about the research and what the findings mean for the city.

To share or not to share? Making taxi choices in South Africa

When it comes to taxis there is safety in numbers. Maitagorri Schade explains why she’d choose a minibus taxi over a cushy Uber ride.