Joburg’s mall malaise

To create better South African cities it’s time to think beyond the cut-and-paste monotony that is privatised shopping mall developments argues Geoff Bickford.

Community-driven informal settlement upgrading: the SDI approach

Stuart Denoon-Stevens unpacks Shack/Slum Dwellers International’s community-driven informal settlement upgrading methodology with a look to why it works.

Unlearning [un]located ideas in the provincialization of urban theory

Paper contributes to developing a situated approach to cultural and material politics of urban life that draws a lot of its energy from postcolonial and global South urbanism literature.

New Urban Agenda mustn’t leave secondary African cities out in the cold

To deal with the challenges of rapid urbanisation happening in secondary African cities, slum dwellers are organising themselves and creating local plans based on data they have collected to inform partnerships with local government.

Video: building upward with Empower Shack

How a two-story housing prototype aims to transform housing in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha.

Slum dweller federations put data to use in Lagos

A report back on the profiling and mapping activities undertaken by the Nigerian Slum Dwellers Federation and JEI Nigeria in Lagos, Nigeria.

Youth: The centrepiece of urban renewal

Better urban planning results come about when slum dweller communities are empowered to develop their own ideas and shape them into realistic and measurable plans.

We have a life in Kibera

Video counters negative perceptions of Kibera.

African cities tackling climate change

Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, and Tshwane, in South Africa, are two African cities showing leadership in tackling climate change.

Calling for much needed town planning reform in Johannesburg

In South Africa the long awaited Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA) of 2013 came into effect last year. But the City of Johannesburg has not finalised its municipal planning bylaws that would make this new legal framework applicable.