• Weekly news roundup

    Informal settlements keep growing in South Africa’s Mother City Population growth, urbanisation and inadequate planning have led to the proliferation of slum settlements in Cape Town. The metro area contains almost as many informal settlements as the rest of the Western Cape province, despite the fact that Cape Town metro occupies less than 2% of […]

  • Lagos set to demolish 1800 buildings

    In the wake of numerous building collapses claiming lives in Lagos in recent months, 1800 buildings have been sealed by the state government and are awaiting demolition. Distressed buildings with poor structural integrity are a risk to residents and violate the physical planning and urban development laws of the state. While some buildings are still […]

  • Lagos set to demolish 1800 buildings

    In the wake of numerous building collapses claiming lives in Lagos in recent months, 1800 buildings have been sealed by the state government and are awaiting demolition. Distressed buildings with poor structural integrity are a risk to residents and violate the physical planning and urban development laws of the state. While some buildings are still […]

  • Building safety revisited in Accra

    At a seminar in Accra last week, entitled “Building Safety in Ghana: Aftermath of Melcom Disaster,” an engineer attributed the collapse of the Melcom shopping mall to preventable building security inadequacies. The residential flats that had been converted into a mall collapsed in November last year, killing at least nine people. According to Desmond Aryee-Boi, a […]

  • What future can there be for Kinshasa la Belle?

    There was once a time when Kinshasa boasted the nickname “Kin, la Belle” (“Kinshasa, the Beautiful”). After all, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital and largest city is replete with what locals call “ambience”. It hosts Congolese pop music legends like Koffi Olomide and Papa Wemba and traditional dance scenes that rival if not […]

  • Kenyan cities in the running for Rockefeller Foundation aid

    Following the recent launch of the 100 Resilient Cities programme, the Rockefeller Foundation has strongly suggested that Kenyan cities apply for the grant. Cities are adjudicated based on a range of criteria, one of the foremost being planning for needs of the urban poor. Capital FM reports: Speaking while making the announcement in Nairobi, the […]

  • Is affordable housing in Nairobi a myth?

    In Kenya, the yawning gap between demand for housing and its supply continues to grow. The estimated demand in urban areas for housing is approximately 150,000 units a year. The current supply is about 30,000 units.  The gap between supply and demand is felt more keenly in the lower income housing market. Less than 20% […]

  • Losing farmland is forever

    The fight for better cities is seldom as clearly defined as when water and food are at stake. Yet access to both hangs in the balance at the Philippi Horticultural Area – 3074ha of fertile land that has been the city’s breadbasket since the 19th century. This single block of land, tilled for decades, provides […]

  • Tanzania gears up for urban future

    Recent statistics indicate that more than half of Tanzanians will be living in urban areas by 2030. However, Tanzanian cities do not currently have adequate infrastructure, resources or planning. A number of development initiatives seek to prepare Tanzania for its urban future. Tanzania Daily News reports: “The Strategic Cities Project (TSCP), Urban Local Government Strengthening […]

  • Over three quarters of Accra’s residents live in urban slums

    The People’s Dialogue on Human Settlement, upon forming a localised definition of a slum, established that 80% of Accra’s residents live in slum conditions. CEO Farouk Braimah said, “There are basically two definitions we can ascribe to a slum. We identified five key areas; the one that talks about improved sanitation, the one that talks […]

  • The Sudanese Institute of Architects (SIA), 4th Scientific and Professional Conference : Towards Sustainable Urban Development

    As the leading professional and scientific architectural institution in Sudan, the Sudanese Institute of Architects (SIA) organizes regularly scientific and professional conferences of international stature intended to present and discuss the emerging issues affecting the theories and practice of architecture and planning in Sudan and elsewhere. In November 2015 the SIA will organize an international […]

  • European Cultural Foundation (ECL): Open Call for Ideas 2015

    European Cultural Foundation Open Call for ideas involving communities and culture in the shaping, governing and re-inventing of our cities and their surroundings is now open.
    We are looking for exciting proposals that explore how people work together to develop their cities, neighbourhoods, suburbs or villages in more sustainable ways, through social cooperation and active participation.

    50 applicants will be chosen to attend ECF Idea Camp 2015 .

  • Call for Papers – ESRC Seminar Entrepreneurial Neighbourhoods

    We invite papers for the ESRC seminar ‘Entrepreneurial Neighbourhoods’, to be held on 9-10 September, 2015 at Delft University of Technology.

    In this seminar we are interested in theoretical and empirical insights into the importance of the neighbourhood (scale) and social networks for entrepreneurship, the rise and meaning of community-based social enterprise and its relation with the ‘civic economy’, as well as the role of social capital and changing business networks of entrepreneurs located in residential neighbourhoods. Papers will be invited that present theoretical considerations or empirical research on the community- and/or neighbourhood context of entrepreneurship.

  • Conference: Twin Cities in Past and Present

    The Manchester Centre for Regional History is delighted to host the Twin Cities in Past and Present Conference, Thursday 25th June to Saturday 27th June 2015. The programme of speakers is now complete, and they are drawn from a wide variety of disciplines and will be exploring twin cities in many countries across the world.

  • Invitation to 6th Urban Space and Social Life Conference

    6th Urban Space and Social Life: Theory and Practice would like to invite you, your colleagues and students to submit papers and spatial design to our conference. The theme focuses on Projects in Cities and Identities. The 4C5M Studio’s 6th Urban Space and Social Life conference invites papers and spatial design that explore the relationship […]

  • Call for papers: special issue of Articulo – Journal of Urban Research, on “Inconspicuous Globalization”

    This issue aims to shed light on the less visible places where complex economic, social and spatial dynamics are entangled.

  • Vacancy: Professorship in Urban Studies at ACC

    The University of Basel (Unibas) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) are jointly establishing a Professorship in Urban Studies which will be based in the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at UCT.

  • Call for Papers: Contesting the Streets II: Vending and Public Space in Global Cities

    In large cities around the world, the most contested public space is the streets and accompanying sidewalks. As a result of historic migration and immigration to urban centers, the spatial projects vying for this space have multiplied. In particular, the growth of street vending causes us to reconsider some of the fundamental concepts that we have used to understand the city. Vending can be seen as a private taking of public space. It can contribute to civic vitality as well as be an impediment to traffic flow. Vendors are often micro-entrepreneurs who cannot access the private real estate market as spaces for livelihood. The issues about the legitimate use of public space, the right to the city, and local ordinance enforcement/dereliction are often complicated by class conflict as well as the street vendors’ diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, and their migrant/immigrant status. As a result, recent street vendors’ challenges and protests have been important catalysts with far-reaching political implications about the future of our urban societies.

  • Call for Papers: Reducing Urban Poverty Student Paper Competition

    To encourage a new generation of urban policy makers and promote early career research, USAID, International Housing Coalition (IHC), World Bank, the Wilson Center, and Cities Alliance are co-sponsoring the sixth annual paper competition for graduate students, seeking abstracts on urban poverty in the developing world. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will be invited to present their work in a policy workshop to be held at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. in January, 2016. The grand prize winner will also receive $1000.

  • Summer School Planning and Design Delft 2015

    The 2015 edition of the Summer School will combine spatial planning, design and environmental technology to tackle issues of water in complex urban environments. It will invite students to understand the theories and practices that bring together water management and urban development and to apply the knowledge acquired in the elaboration of a vision and a spatial plan for an area in the city of The Hague in The Netherlands.