Pick of the Day: African Cities and the Evil of Global City Development Paradigms

Nairobi Downtown (Renard Teipelke, 2013)By Renard Teipelke

A critical discussion about “Global Cities” is neither new to this blog (see for instance 1, 2, 3) nor to the community of critical geographic research. However, our understanding of “Global Cities” and “Ordinary Cities” in the context of Africa’s huge urban (development) diversity can still be expanded, as the April 2014 Edition of “Environment and Urbanization” proves. One article (here) by the International Institute for Environment and Development introduces two contributions to that journal edition, which specifically discuss the reshaping of African urban spaces under globally advocated development paradigms. Personally, I made my own experiences with the ‘Global Cityness’ of Nairobi (here), and Areas Kalandides has also written about related topics with regard to Johannesburg (here). So there is much to read and still more to discover.

The two referenced articles by Vanessa Watson (here) and Gautam Bhan (here) can be downloaded for free.

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One Response to Pick of the Day: African Cities and the Evil of Global City Development Paradigms

  1. Pingback: Misplaced Perceptions of Urban Development beyond ‘the West’ « Places.

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