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Cairo: Restoration? And the Limits of Street Politics

In this piece, I argue that the city of Cairo has witnessed unprecedented urban transformations for the past 4 years, owing to urban wars and confrontations during the two regimes that followed Mubarak’s ouster. Street politics, although mesmerizing, have been highly exhausting. With the reemergence of the army in civil life, after the ousting of … Continued

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‘Negotiated planning’: Diverse trajectories of implementation in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Harare

This paper unpacks how plans are implemented in three African cities: Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Harare.

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Urbanisation in Ghana: Residential land use under siege in Kumasi central

Paper provides analysis of urbanisation in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi in relation to its impacts on commercialization of residential land.

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Toward the networked city? Translating technological ideals and planning models in water and sanitation systems in Dar es Salaam

Paper addresses the contradiction between the ideal of the ‘networked city’ and the reality of unequal access to water and sanitation services in Dar es Salaam.

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Urban air pollution in Sub-Saharan Africa: Time for action

Article outlines measures for addressing urban air pollution and its associated health impacts in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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The hustle economy: Informality, uncertainty and the geographies of getting by

Article uses the conceptual frame of hustle to examine the everyday dealings associated with uncertainty and accepted informalities that pervade realms of everyday life among youth in precarious urban geographies.

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‘A house for dead people’: memory and spatial transformation in Red Location, South Africa

Paper examines the politics around the Red Location Museum in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, and the housing protests that developed in response to the museum project.

Smart Infrastructure

Assessing smart infrastructure for sustainable urban development in the Lagos metropolis

This study assesses the applicability of ‘smart infrastructure’ to achieve sustainable urban development in Lagos metropolis.

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A thriving coal mining city in crisis? The governance and spatial planning challenges at Witbank, South Africa

This paper discusses how a flourishing city such as Witbank, with its economy based on non-renewable resources, manages its vulnerabilities.

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Circuitries of spectral urbanism: Looking Underneath Fantasies in Luanda’s New Centralities

Drawing on an in-depth study of urban development in contemporary Luanda and its relationship with the Angolan oil complex, this paper suggests new ways of understanding what underpins and constitutes the envisioned futures of African cities.

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