Urban farms can work in developing countries if farmers and architects are aware of conditions that favour food production in built spaces.
Gender parity in the top echelons of donor organisations is key, given that Africa’s cities rely on international aid for development.
From butchers to hawkers, and shelters to miners, this book reveals the informal economy and texture of the city.
Harnessing the combined effect of trade and urbanisation could significantly boost the economies of African countries.
Twenty-six fast-growing African cities may battle health challenges if air pollution is not addressed.
The majority of planners believe that land is captured with impunity by powerful interest groups in Zambia and South Africa.
Social media platforms can be used to share critically important information about disaster management.
Master planning has served the entwining interests and ambitions of international as well as local actors in Africa.
A new approach to urban planning is needed to restore hope in African cities. There are three keys that can help unlock this.
How Harare has dealt with its urban canine citizens over the years following independence reflects the competing visions of a modern city.
As the global South transitions to a predominantly urban future, food offers a way to understand the role of cities in future development.
African city planners need to promote inclusive cities where residents are not captive walkers but walk because it is accessible, safe and pleasurable to do so.
Ghana has a long institutional history that’s shaped the practices which create dangerous buildings.
Johannesburg is not the most anxious or dangerous city in the world, but its global reputation, history and architecture make it a valuable site for thinking about how anxiety structures our lives.
If we learn from COVID-19, there are three key areas to tackle to make cities safer from outbreaks of future infectious diseases.
The study of two hospitals was a first for researching the microbiology of the built environment in South Africa – a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how to design healthier buildings.
Trouble in Africa’s cities is due to the fact that electoral competition drives leaders to be biased towards rural areas.
Safe rural migration programmes are not a substitute for formal social protection. But they could buy governments some time.
The more people come to a city, the bigger demand for buildings. These buildings need to be safe.
Development should not be pursued at the expense of the very people who helped to create value and meaning in the city.