Zimbabwe needs to rethink its Town Planning

Zimbabwe is turning a new page. We have newly elected councillors. Their new 5-year mandate however is going to be a rough road as they face some of the toughest urban problems. In this piece, I go beyond the state of the economy and bad governance. I raise nine issues critical to the revival of […]

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The sustainability irony of suburban solar carports

African cities are in a race to keep up with the global trend of environmental sustainability and renewable energy in urban areas. At the same time the rapid urbanisation worsened by inner city decay has led to the rise of suburbanisation in most African cities. Thus, the suburban areas and suburban commercial centres are gaining […]

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The Kilamba City controversy: What can African cities learn?

In 2012, Kilamba New City located 30 km out of Luanda made global headlines as Africa’s first ‘ghost town’ constructed by Chinese companies. Following the intervention of the Angolan government to make the constructed housing affordable through subsidies, the occupancy rate of the newly built city rose, debunking the ‘ghost town’ narrative. As much as […]

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