Streamlining of building permit approval processing of town and country planning department in Ghana

This paper examines the planning application approval process and offers methods to curtail planning approval delays in the hope of effectively streamlining the approval process.

Green-sighted but city-blind: developer attitudes to sustainable urban transformation

This paper investigates the attitudes of developers towards the principles of sustainable urban transformation in South Africa.

Reworking the Relation between Sanitation and the City in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

This paper analyses the status of the sanitation and drainage systems of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and highlights the relation among the evolution of the city’s growth, sanitation system, and type of settlement.

Access envelopes: A new accessibility mapping technique for transport and settlement planning

This paper presents case studies from the city of Tshwane, South Africa, where GIS-based accessibility measurement techniques have been used to assess the impact of Tshwane’s Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT).

Church, Ghana

Religion gnaws urban planning: the geography of places of worship in Kumasi, Ghana

This paper investigates spatial distribution of places of worship (PoW) and its implications on sustainable land use planning in a rapidly urbanising city of Kumasi, Ghana.

Othman Towers, Cairo, Egypt

Sustainable community and user-controlled housing processes in Cairo, Egypt: ‘no-harm’ principle as a regulatory mechanism

Sustainable communities cannot be achieved without genuine community participation, especially in housing decision-making processes. User-controlled housing is increasingly perceived as a credible means for community involvement in housing processes.

Urban Impacts of Resource Booms: the Emergence of Oil-Led Gentrification in Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana

This paper examines how the discovery of oil has impacted the Ghanaian city of Sekondi-Takoradi. Many of the changes facing Sekondi-Takoradi can be understood in light of gentrification theory.

Informal Settlements And Urban Heritage Landscapes In South Africa

This paper explores the challenges spanning heritage practice, urban planning and informal communities.

The Real Lives of Urban Fantasies

This paper is a response to and a commentary on Vanessa Watson’s paper on “African urban fantasies” and offers three reflections.

Mathare North in Nairobi Kenya

Collective or individual titles? Conflict over tenure regularisation in a Kenyan informal settlement

Providing formal titles to residents in densely populated informal settlements without fueling conflict or encouraging gentrification presents several challenges.

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