The Urban Book Series

African Cities Through Local Eyes

Experiments in Place-Based Planning and Design

Editors: Faldi, Giuseppe, Fisher, Axel, Moretto, Luisa (Eds.)

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  • Fresh approach to architectural, urban design and planning challenges in Africa and the Global South
  • Combination of theoretical and practice-based approaches
  • Wide geographic coverage of included case studies across sub-Saharan Africa
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This book provides readers with a wide overview of place-based planning and design experiments addressing such powerful transformations in the African built environment. This continent is currently undergoing fast paced urban, institutional and environmental changes, which have stimulated an increasing interest for alternative architectural solutions, urban designs and comprehensive planning experiments.


The international and balanced array of the collected contributions explore emerging research concepts for understanding urban and peri-urban processes in Africa, discuss bottom-up planning and design practices, and present inspirational and innovative co-design methods and participatory tools for steering such change through public spaces, sustainable services and infrastructures.


The book is intended for students, researchers, decision-makers and practitioners engaged in planning and design for the built environment in Africa and the Global South at large.

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“This work sheds a new light on African cities through theoretical approaches and concepts adapted to the specific challenges of planning, social appropriation of physical space, and access to basic services. The diverse original contributions gathered here befit the urban diversity of a changing continent with manifest needs for improved living conditions and inhabitation practices. Policymakers, experts, practitioners, investors and international agencies will find new perspectives on urban governance and planning.” (Kabata Kabamba, Université Pédagogique Nationale / Institut Supérieur d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme, Kinshasa)

“This volume is a must-read for those researchers, planners, urbanists and activists who are interested in understanding Global South urbanism in general and in Africa in particular. Many critical essays, authored by both African and non-African scholars and practitioners, offer a valuable perspective on the complexities and challenges of urban processes in Africa, on planning epistemologies, on urban politics as well as on design strategies. The chapters are diverse and importantly they do not refer to African cities and urbanism in an essentialist manner, but rather they open new ways – often critical – to understand them. Through local eyes is a comprehensive and valuable resource book.” (Haim Yacobi, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College of London)
 
“This book provides a highly welcome contribution to the theories and practices of planning aiming to face the disconcerting inequalities of African cities. Drawing a well-constructed interpretative frame for the rich diversity of case study-based essays collected, the editors concur with the recently emerged literature on locally situated planning as against long-established physical or managerial approaches. Deftly, the introduction rightfully points to a number of drawbacks place-based approaches and grass-root actions may bear and their detrimental effects on a just urban development.” (Marcello Balbo, UNESCO Chair on the Social and Spatial Inclusion of International Migrants – Urban Policies and Practices, Università Iuav di Venezia)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Five Points for Conceptualising

    Pages 1-27

    Faldi, Giuseppe (et al.)

  • Re-inscribing the Communal: Towards Decolonial Urban Futures

    Pages 29-43

    Molebatsi, Chadzimula O.

  • Urbanisation Without Urbanity, Modernity Without Modernisation. Recording

    Pages 45-69

    Pinet, Jean-François

  • Designing the Diaspora: Expressing African Heritage in Historic Charleston

    Pages 71-89

    Walker, Nathaniel Robert

  • Nature-Based Solutions for Public Green Spaces in Sub-Saharan Africa—Integrating Place-Making and Green Infrastructure

    Pages 91-110

    Cilliers, Juanee (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
African Cities Through Local Eyes
Book Subtitle
Experiments in Place-Based Planning and Design
Editors
  • Giuseppe Faldi
  • Axel Fisher
  • Luisa Moretto
Series Title
The Urban Book Series
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-84906-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-84906-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-84905-4
Series ISSN
2365-757X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 320
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour
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