This handbook contributes with new evidence and new insights to the on-going debate on the de-colonization of knowledge on urban planning in Africa.

African cities grew rapidly since the mid-20th century, in part due to rising rural migration and rapid internal demographic growth that followed the independence in most African countries. This rapid urbanization is commonly seen as a primary cause of the current urban management challenges with which African cities are confronted. This importance given to rapid urbanization prevented the due consideration of other dimensions of the current urban problems, challenges and changes in African cities. The contributions to this handbook explore these other dimensions, looking in particular to the nature and capacity of local self-government and to the role of urban governance and urban planning in the poor urban conditions found in most African cities. It deals with current and contemporary urban challenges and urban policy responses, but also offers an historical overview of local governance and urban policies during the colonial period in the late 19th and 20th centuries, offering ample evidence of common features, and divergent features as well, on a number of facets, from intra-urban racial segregation solutions to the relationships between the colonial power and the natives, to the assimilation policy, as practiced by the French and Portuguese and the Indirect Rule put in place by Britain in some or in part of its colonies.

Using innovative approaches to the challenges confronting the governance of African cities, this handbook is an essential read for students and scholars of Urban Africa, urban planning in Africa and African Development.

chapter 1|11 pages

Ancient, colonial, and post-colonial urban planning in Africa

An introduction
ByCarlos Nunes Silva

part Part I|1 pages

Colonial urban planning and pre-colonial urban heritage in Africa

chapter 2|13 pages

The birth of a town

Indigenous planning and colonial intervention in Bolgatanga, Northern Territories of the Gold Coast
ByDomenico Cristofaro

chapter 3|14 pages

History of the urban planning of the city of Zinder in the Niger Republic

ByAbdou Kailou Djibo

chapter 5|14 pages

Infrastructure and urban planning

The port and city of Algiers under French colonial rule, 19th–20th century
BySouha Salhi

chapter 6|13 pages

Living in Lourenço Marques in the early 20th century

Urban planning, development, and well-being
ByAna Cristina Roque

chapter 7|17 pages

Colonizing and infrastructuring the Angolan territory through colonial settlements

The case of the Cela settlement
ByFilipa Fiúza, Ana Vaz Milheiro

chapter 8|15 pages

Diamang’s urban project

Between the Peace of Versailles and the Colonial Act
ByAna Vaz Milheiro, Beatriz Serrazina

part Part II|1 pages

Post-colonial urban planning in Africa

chapter 9|21 pages

Local governance and urban planning

Centralization, de-concentration, and decentralization in Africa
ByCarlos Nunes Silva

chapter 11|15 pages

Setting standards and competencies for planners

ByMartin Lewis, Verna Nel

chapter 12|14 pages

African design and CIAM expansion after the Charter of Athens

ByElisa Dainese

chapter 13|16 pages

To survey, control, and design

Doxiadis and Fathy on Africa’s future and identity (1959–1963)
ByFilippo De Dominicis

chapter 14|22 pages

New towns in Algeria

Planned process to control the accelerated urbanization, case of Sidi Abdellah and Ali Mendjeli
ByNadia Chabi, Khalil Bouhadjar

chapter 15|15 pages

Emergent urbanism in Angola and Mozambique

Management of the unknown
ByCristina Udelsmann Rodrigues

chapter 16|15 pages

The Africanization of public space in South Africa

A moment of opportunity
ByKarina Landman

chapter 18|17 pages

Framing power in co-production engagements in Kampala City, Uganda

ByGilbert Siame, Wilma S. Nchito

chapter 19|12 pages

Power-shifts in the organizational landscapes of transport provision

The introduction of BRT in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam
ByNadine Appelhans, Sabine Baumgart

chapter 21|12 pages

Moroccan towns

Nourishing urban spaces
ByHeide Studer

chapter 22|12 pages

Planning for less planning

Supporting informal food systems in Nairobi
ByAndrea M. Brown