• Cities With Slums

    Although one of the last continents to urbanise, Africa is now experiencing rapid urbanisation, the scale of which exceeds its cities’ capacity to absorb migrants and is exacerbated by high rates of natural growth.[i]  Much of this urbanisation is taking the form of informal settlements, often on the periphery[ii] of large towns and cities or […]

  • Rogue Urbanism – alternative perspectives on emergent African urbanisms

    Rogue Urbanism calls for a shift in thinking among contemporary planners, scholars, and policy-makers to deeply consider the large scale social implications of mega-city projects and plans that disrupt livelihoods and social existence of the urban poor.

  • The Challenges of Housing Development and Needs in Abuja, Nigeria

    This paper examines the various efforts made by the Nigerian State through the Federal Captial Development Authority (FCDA) and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) toprovide housing for the urban population of Abuja.It also examines the various stages of these programmes in the last thirty six years of the development of Abuja; the success so far recorded, the various challenges associated with it and the impact from land administration and land management…

  • Residents’ socio-cultural dissatisfaction in the two stages of public housing in Cairo, Egypt: What has changed in the third ‘current’ one?

    As a result of the criticism of the conventional, mainly Western-inspired, prototypical designs for low-income public housing in Cairo, Egypt, a new trend in design for this sort of housing represented by the ‘Youth’ and the ‘Future’ housing projects has been adopted by the Egyptian government in the recent 15 years. If the main objective of any housing project is to meet the residents’ needs and preferences, so the question is: Has the current design of the national housing project…

  • Rental Value Around Hvotl Facilities In Residential Neighborhoods Of Metropolitan Lagos, Nigeria

    There has been a constant debate that High Voltage Overhead Transmission Lines (HVOTLs) facilitate residential property values diminution. This study therefore tries to capture the pattern of residential property rental values around HVOTLs using a rent comparison basis within Lagos metropolis. Questionnaires were distributed to Estate Surveyors and Valuers, residents within 200m to power lines in Surulere and Alimosho areas of Lagos coupled with an indepth interview with the Managers and field officers of the Akangba and Alimosho PHCN…

  • Packaging Township Development Projects

    This module will examine how the inputs for successful township development projects can be mobilised and managed through the course of a project. Any physical intervention project – be it the establishment of a node, an activity spine or improving an open space system – needs four inputs to be mobilised and applied: 1. Land, 2. Capital, 3. Human resources and skills and 4. Statutory approvals and authorisations. To secure these inputs, a fifth condition is required: leadership. Someone needs to drive the complex…

  • The Case of Durban, South Africa

    Recent critical reflection on post-Apartheid housing, urban development and other policies is, however, highlighting a number of weaknesses that reveal a failure to adequately address the spatial and socio-economic legacies of the past and sustain the positive impact of infrastructural interventions (cf. BESG 1999; Charlton 2001).

  • A place to live: a case study of the Ijora – Badia community in Lagos, Nigeria

    In 1973, three years after the end of Nigeria’s civil war, the Federal Military Government acquired a large tract of land comprised of a sprawling old settlement known as Oluwole Village in the Iganmu (central Lagos) for the purpose of building Nigeria’s National Arts Theatre. The theatre was to be a key edifice to grace the African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) that Nigeria hosted in 1977.