Dozens of cities are in conception, or under construction, in sub-Saharan Africa - as it stands, most of these are over-planned and often follow either the Chinese-grid planning paradigm or an American-suburban model. Those approaches leave little to no space for local adaptation, emergent market forces, and the agency of residents’ to shape their cities over time. New cities can be an excellent opportunity to inject urban economic vibrancy, solve market failures, and unlock innovation. However, until a deliberate shift occurs in the planning paradigms of these new city developments, they will continue to suffer from common challenges. This session aims to rethink new city making in the Global South, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, arguing for a needed paradigm shift. An interactive session and workshop where the participants get to reimagine and debate new city making realities and futures.
Repenser la création de nouvelles villes en Afrique: Un paradigme dirigé par la communauté pour développer de nouvelles zones urbaines.