New city rail hoped to ease Addis’ transport problems

Ethiopia’s biggest city and commercial hub, Addis Ababa is expanding rapidly and is now among the ten largest cities in Sub – Saharan Africa. But with an inadequate public transport system and road construction underway in all corners of the city commuters face daily transport challenges and traffic congestion, especially during rush hours, when on […]

Development is urbanization. The case for regenerative African cities.

Urban success is related to three issues: location, location and location. The success of metropolitan areas is related to three other issues: governance, governance, and governance, says Professor Pedro B. Ortiz, a senior urban planner at the World Bank in Washington DC. Ortiz delivered a keynote address at the Future of Cities Forum in Kampala in July. This year’s […]

Weekly news roundup: November 21, 2014

Nairobi women demonstrate against gender violence. At the busy intersection of Accra Road and Tom Mboya Street in downtown Nairobi, a cacophony of voices clamour to be heard. Buses and vans vie for space on the roadside, and touts solicit passengers to ply their routes. Nearly everyone is on the move. Shortly after 12pm on […]

Weekly news roundup: November 8, 2014

Demonstrators rally against acting president in Lusaka. Police and demonstrators clashed early on Tuesday in protests against the acting president, a white Zambian who fired the ruling party’s chief following the death last week of president Michael Sata. The riots started on Monday night in several places in the Zambian capital of Lusaka, including the University […]

Live stream Aromar Revi lecture today

Today, at 6 p.m., Aromar Revi, Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore, will be speaking at the University of Cape Town. The lecture, “Putting the urban at the heart of the 2030 sustainable development goals,” will be live streamed. To watch go to About the lecture: The Millennium Development Goals are […]

Yaounde city faces tough choices over planned motorway

Building a modern capital city based on existing urban planning and disorder seems costly and challenging to the Cameroon government as a future motorway project that will run from the Yaounde Nsimalen airport to the city faces planning stalemates. Building the highway will require demolition of homes on the road’s path and government will be […]

Bodas are gold in Kampala’s art scene

Many Kampalans might view the city’s ubiquitous motorbike taxis as vehicles manned by thugs who drive recklessly, but artist Kino Musoke thinks they are simply gold. For this month’s Kampala Contemporary Art Festival KLA ART 014, for which 20 Ugandan artists were tasked with transforming bodabodas into works of art, he spray painted a Bajaj […]

Weekly news roundup: October 24, 2014

Addis Ababa monorail to transform Ethiopian economy. The edifices are in Addis Ababa to prop up Africa’s first light rail system, an arresting sign of Ethiopia’s progress since the dark days of famine and military rule (pdf) in the 1980s. The government hopes the project, funded and built by China, will be running next year. […]

Two new publications put Transit Oriented Development in focus

In South Africa, October is national Transport Month which is aimed at creating awareness about the significant role mobility plays in the economy. The South African Cities Network has developed two book publications: the ‘SACN Public Transport Investment Assessment Framework’ and ‘How to Build Transit Oriented Cities.’ Each publication addresses key questions relating to the critical […]

Weekly news roundup: October 17, 2014

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