Urban Africa

Written by: Han Meyer | Rachel Keeton
Published on: 06.03.2020

Africa’s booming economy and sprawling cities are creating an urgent need for urban development solutions. Han Meyer, professor of Urban Compositions and Wouter Vanstiphout, professor of Design and Politics, have joined forces with Michelle Provoost, architectural historian at the International New Town Institute (INTI), in order to set up a research project into newly built cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on Kenya, Tanzania, South-Africa and Ghana. Meyer emphasises that a lot of new cities are struggling with a variety of problems: the marginalised poor, spatial segregation and insufficient infrastructure. Their approach is to find alternatives solutions in the form of guidelines, which can be implimented by local authorities at multiple stages of urban development.