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The Apartheid City and Beyond

Apartheid as legislated racial separation substantially changed the South African urban scene. Race ‘group areas’ remodelled the cities, while the creation of ‘homelands’, mini-states and the ‘pass laws’ controlling population migration constrained urbanization itself.


African Cities: Alternative Visions of Urban Theory and Practice

As African societies urbanize, it becomes evident that they do so in ways that challenge prevailing theories and models of urban geography, sociology, anthropology, and planning. I am arguing for a revision – a seeing again, and a revising – of how cities in Africa are discussed and written about in both urban studies and African studies.


The Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South

The renaissance in urban theory draws directly from a fresh focus on the neglected realities of cities beyond the west and embraces the global south as the epicentre of urbanism. This Handbook engages the complex ways in which cities of the global south and the global north are rapidly shifting, the imperative for multiple genealogies of knowledge production, as well as a diversity of empirical entry points to understand contemporary urban dynamics.


The Plaza Perspective: How to answer objections to pedestrianisation

Many American cities’ leaders and citizens are waking up to the need for more public space and specifically the necessity to pedestrianize key streets. This is a turnaround worth celebrating after decades where streets’ value as social fabric-builders was crushed underneath the blind and stupid pursuit of mobility first and mobility only. 


Cities in America and Britain more integrated

The extent to which ethnic groups choose to live in more integrated neighbourhoods is on the rise. This according to a recent article in the Economist.
The article investigates the trends in various American cities as well as in London (Great Britain), and says that there have been definite changes since 1970 – a trend which has been growing even more since 1990.


Stockholm's walking culture is a reason for a happy city

Ten years ago, when many Stockholm streets became closed to traffic, about 70% of the residents opposed the move. Today this enjoys the support of the vast majority of people who work and live in the Swedish capital.


Informal settlements - perhaps the solution rather than the problem?

Why do we not accept it as the norm, rather than the problem? Informal settlements, or squatter camps, if you like, might be a democratic solution that authorities should investigate to find solutions for urban planning.


Integration Zone Planning Guidelines

We have reached an interesting time when the drivers of sustainable cities are the same as the drivers of liveable cities, namely, mixed use, connectivity, high quality public realm, local character and adaptability.


Urban Management in the 21st Century

In August 2018, CDE hosted Professor Ed Glaeser, the world’s leading urban economist and the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.