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African Cities Through Local Eyes

Experiments in Place-Based Planning and Design

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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

Part of the book series: The Urban Book Series (UBS)

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Local Solid Waste Management Practices in the City of Zinder in Niger

    • Abdou Kailou Djibo, Mahamadou Mounir Zakari
    Pages 303-320

About this book

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.

Keywords

  • Bottom-up Design Process
  • Participatory Planning
  • Sustainability of African Cities
  • Post-Colonial Design
  • Urban Development
  • Public Space in African Cities
  • Co-Design
  • Global South
  • Informality
  • Urban Basic Services
  • African Built Environment

Reviews

“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)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta, Brussels, Belgium

    Giuseppe Faldi, Axel Fisher, Luisa Moretto

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

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-84906-1

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-84905-4

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-84906-1

  • Series ISSN: 2365-757X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2365-7588

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 320

  • Number of Illustrations: 19 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Geography, Environmental Social Sciences, Regional Geography, Biotechnology

Buying options

eBook
USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-84906-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)