African urban fantasies: dreams or nightmares?

Labelled as the “last frontier” for international property development, sub-Saharan Africa’s larger cities are currently being revisioned in the image of cities such as Dubai, Shanghai and Singapore, which claim top positions in the world-class city leagues.

Call for presenters: Eleventh International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Imperial College London invites proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters focused on, ‘An Age and Its Ends: Social Science in the Era of the Anthropocene’.

Call for papers: People Make Cities – Writing and Criticism of Urban Literature after Jane Jacobs

This session invites papers that update the critical conversation surrounding city writing through more self-conscious attention to Jacobs or her urban studies legacy.

Spatial policy, planning and infrastructure investment: Lessons from urban simulations in three South African cities

This article presents the findings of simulation work in three South African metropolitan areas in an effort to demonstrate that more spatially efficient investment choices in both economic and basic infrastructure spending can make a significant impact on the equity, efficiency and sustainability of human settlements.

Cairo cityscape, pyramid in the background

(Re) making trajectories: Eviction, control and power

The City of Cairo has experienced a major shift in its urban planning attitude and practice since the mid 1970s. The article examines how institutional claims over space reassembled alternative definitions of quality of life in one of Cairo’s oldest quarters, and how ambitious planning schemes were mostly driven by entrepreneurial rather than societal goals.

Rooftops of Kibera in nairobi

‘They are like crocodiles under water’: rumour in a slum upgrading project in Nairobi, Kenya

This article intends to build a bridge between the anthropological study of rumour and development studies. By analyzing the case study of an upgrading project in Mahali, an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, the importance of rumour for development in practice is revealed.

Cape Town stadium and Greenpoint at night

Call for papers: Urban Forms and Future Cities

Papers sought for first volume of Urban Planning, which will be dedicated to urban forms and future cities.

Call for papers: African cities in war, analysing dynamic relations between urbanisation and violent conflict in Africa

A call for papers for an special volume entitled “African cities in war, analysing dynamic relations between urbanisation and violent conflict in Africa.” Violent conflict dynamics in Africa are
rarely understood from an urban perspective. However to understand the crucial role of the ‘urban’ in dynamics of violent conflict is crucial in order to seize their future potential as hosts for post-conflict reconstruction and peace-building programmes. The objective of this special issue is thus also to offer a crucial contribution to a more profound understandings of processes of war-urbanisation or ‘violent conflict urbanism’ in Africa.

Nairobi, Kenya - Street View

Globalisation and the urban studio: evaluating an inter-university studio collaboration in Nairobi

This paper explores some implications of globalisation for planning education and presents faculty and student reflections on an international urban studio. This learning was embedded in a long-term partnership between the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Nairobi and Columbia University.

Bus STop - Cape Town

Competing for Knowledge: Leaders and Laggards of Bus Rapid Transit in South Africa

This paper attends to the circulation of bus rapid transit (BRT) as it swept through South African cities. It reconsiders the power of the interactions between municipalities and their policy actors. Unravelling the engagements across South African cities adds a critical dimension to understandings of urban policy mobilities.