Africa’s new cities: The contested future of urbanisation

@article{vanNoorloos2018AfricasNC,
  title={Africa’s new cities: The contested future of urbanisation},
  author={Femke van Noorloos and Marjan Kloosterboer},
  journal={Urban Studies (Edinburgh, Scotland)},
  year={2018},
  volume={55},
  pages={1223 - 1241}
}
New private property investments in Africa’s cities are on the rise, and they often take the form of entirely new cities built up from scratch as comprehensively planned self-contained enclaves. As these new city-making trajectories are expanding and empirical research is emerging, there is a need to provide more conceptual clarity. We systematically examine the diversity of new cities in Africa; elicit their financial trajectories; and set an agenda for critically examining their actual and… 

Figures from this paper

‘Does Africa not deserve shiny new cities?’ The power of seductive rhetoric around new cities in Africa
This paper explores the emerging new master-planned city-building trend on the African continent. Situating our research within urban policy mobilities literature, we investigate the ‘Africa rising’
The conditional city: emerging properties of Kenya’s satellite cities
ABSTRACT Satellite cities in Kenya are driven by belief in economic growth driven by emerging middle classes and investors. As visionary policy objects they help inform national economic policies and
Governance Challenges in African Urban Fantasies
  • I. Abubakar
  • Political Science
    Land Issues for Urban Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 2020
Satellite settlements are recently booming around major African cities, often as comprehensively planned and self-contained new towns. These large-scale projects are influenced by the visions of
Representations of utopian urbanism and the feminist geopolitics of “new city” development
ABSTRACT Increasingly over the past few years the building of new cities “from scratch” has become a key strategy to promote development across much of the Global South. While several projects are
A critical landscape and urban design analysis of Egypt’s new Administrative Capital City
Abstract The Egyptian government has touted the new Administrative Capital City near Cairo as a flagship for ‘Smart City’ developments across Africa. Despite its association with the UN Sustainable
All-Inclusiveness versus Exclusion: Urban Project Development in Latin America and Africa
This paper scrutinizes current processes of urban fragmentation, segregation, and exclusion that result from the increasing flows of capital in gated communities, walled-off condominiums, and similar
On whose land is the city to be built? Farmers, donors and the urban land question in Beira city, Mozambique
A new era of global interventionism in African cities is emerging, the implications of which for existing claims to urban space are poorly understood. This is particularly true for the claims of
How-to guide to the new city: learning from Africa's new towns
T o Build a City in Africa, A History and a Manual is a welcome departure from homogenizing accounts of Africa’s messy and uncontrolled urbanization, executed by drawing attention to a lesserknown
...
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 78 REFERENCES
Speculative Urbanism and the Making of the Next World City
This article explores the process of making Bangalore, India into a ‘world city’ by focusing on specific world-city projects, the parastatal government agencies managing them, the explosive IT
Watching the city grow: remittances and sprawl in intermediate Central American cities
The largest share of Latin American population lives in cities with less than half a million inhabitants. Since the publication of the Brundtland Report in the 1980s, small and intermediate cities
African urban fantasies: past lessons and emerging realities
This paper responds to Vanessa Watson’s article on the inappropriate urban development plans that are increasingly common in sub-Saharan Africa as governments seek to make their cities “world class”.
(Re)theorizing Cities from the Global South: Looking Beyond Neoliberalism
The demographic transition of the late 20th and early 21st centuries has shifted the locus of urbanizing populations from the global North to the global South. As the theoretical epicenter of urban
Introduction: Urban revolutions in the age of global urbanism
This special issue, papers presented at an Urban Studies Foundation-funded conference in Jakarta (March 2011), examines the current ‘urban century’ in terms of three revolutions. Revolutions from
New cities
This commentary responds to Ayona Datta’s article on ‘New Urban Utopias of India’, in which she examines Dholera as one of the pioneers of India’s national ‘smart city’ agenda. My response probes the
Sustainable African Urban Futures
African cities are receiving increased attention from corporate interests, investors, and property developers, and urban scholars and planners are beginning to reflect what kinds of cities are in the
The spread of a transnational model: 'gated communities' in three southern African cities (Cape Town, Maputo, and Winhdoek)
The worldwide spread of gated residential developments (GRDs) reached Southern Africa in the late 1980s, at a time of dramatic political and urban change. Their success has been primarily interpreted
(W)Escaping the Challenges of the City: a Critique of Cape Town’s Proposed Satellite Town
Much of the current planning discourse has come to reject master planned ‘new cities’ as both unrealistic and undesirable. However, with growing urbanisation challenges in the Global South, master
Rwanda's political settlement and the urban transition: expropriation, construction and taxation in Kigali
Although still predominantly rural, Rwanda is one of the world's fastest-urbanizing countries. This paper considers the Rwandan Patriotic Front's (RPF) approach to urban development in the context of
...
...