UTC The New Urban Normal Part 3: Housing in Africa


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The New Urban Normal: Urban Sustainability and Resilience Post COVID19

Part #3 - Housing in Africa


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About the event

The COVID19 pandemic has exposed several systemic failures and injustices in the way cities are planned and designed around the world, not least connected to the capacity of societies to withstand systemic shocks. Housing, for instance, has come to the top of the agenda once again, now propelled by the realisation that slums dwellers (1 billion people around the world) and homeless people are particularly vulnerable to health crises. Inequality is particularly harmful, because while the very poor are most vulnerable to societal disarray, the interconnectedness of our societies mean that we are all equally affected by those system shocks. The pandemic is saluted as an opportunity to implement far-reaching systems change. For example, several cities around the world claim they will overhaul public space, take space from private cars, and invest more on green spaces, bicycle paths and quality public mobility. The champions of the circular economy salute the pandemic as a new dawn for more human-centred capitalism, for the abandonment of exploitation and unfair distribution, and a world where workers can find housing, health, work and leisure fairly distributed. But what is actually happening on the ground? The Indian government has recently foregone all labour protection laws in favour of competitiveness and entrepreneurialism. In Latin America, workers are losing rights and social protection. Is COVID19 the dawn of a new world, or the radicalisation of neoliberalism, predicted by Naomi Klein in her book “The Shock Doctrine”? 




Dr. Igor Pessoa and Dr. Caroline Newton (TU Delft)




Prof Julio D Davila, director of The Bartlett Development Planning Unit UCL

Caroline Skinner, director Urban research at WIEGO and senior researcher at theAfrican Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town

Esther Karanja, architecture student at the Technical University of Kenya

Temitope Ogungbamila and ThankGod Dikio, Nigeria Slum/Informal Settlement Federation, JEI media team in Lagos and Port Harcourt


Moderator of roundtable discussion:

Dr. Roberto Rocco (TU Delft)


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