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Future African Cities: the new post-colonialism

Future African Cities: the new post-colonialism

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Prof. Vanessa Watson.

Global property development and architecture firms have noted Africa’s strengthening economic growth and rising urban middle in the search for new regions of profit-making. This has unleashed a wave of new urban ‘plans’ in Africa, promising that Luanda, Lagos or Nairobi can also look like Dubai, Singapore or Shanghai. These new urban fantasies seek to erase the reality of these cities, where the majority of the population are still extremely poor and live informally. Terms such as ‘smart cities’ and ‘eco-cities’ underpin these new fantasies, but in fact the images presented suggest cities that are unsustainable in the extreme. New urban plans are pointing the way to what will be ‘splintering urbanism’ at a regional scale, as brand new ‘satellite cities’ offer a solution to the problem of building in current cities of slums. Download presentation in PDF here: