Deconstructing Africa’s Urban Space: Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning Challenge

Cobbinah, Patrick Brandful and Erdiaw-Kwasie, Michael Odei and Basson, Marita ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9731-1128 (2022) Deconstructing Africa’s Urban Space: Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning Challenge. In: Sustainable Urban Futures in Africa. Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York, United States, pp. 21-41. ISBN 9781032020167


Abstract

In this chapter, an analysis of the relationship between sustainable development and spatial planning, and how that shapes the urban space is presented. While the literature is replete with sustainable development and spatial planning research, little is known about the link between these two distinct but interrelated concepts, and how this relationship is unfolding in the production of the urban space in regions experiencing rapid urban growth, especially Africa. This chapter begins with an exploration of the emerged and the emerging notions of sustainable development and spatial planning with an African focus, and further reviews the theoretical foundation and empirical evidence at the interface of regional and national scales. Findings show a positive theoretical and strong complementary relationship between sustainable development and spatial planning, both normative and distributive aims. However, their manifestation in the production of the urban space in Africa is characterised by poor local content due to, inter alia, limited state agency commitment, colonial legacy impediments and the influence and agenda of international organisations. Recommendations to improve this relationship in urban Africa are proffered.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Surveying and Built Environment (1 Jan 2022 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - No Department (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2022 22:57
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2022 22:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable development; spatial planning; urban space
Fields of Research (2020): 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330404 Land use and environmental planning
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1999 Other environmental policy, climate change and natural hazards > 199999 Other environmental policy, climate change and natural hazards not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003181484-22
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49367

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