City: Cape Town
Country: South Africa
Website/register: Planning Africa 2018
Description: The 8th Planning Africa Conference will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 14-17 October 2018.
Planning Africa is a platform for (re)thinking, discussing and envisaging the outcomes that planners desire for the future. The theme of the 2018 Planning Africa conference is “The Making of Modern African Cities”.
The question to be answered is what exactly does ‘modern’ mean? Is it a replication of other cities globally, or are there unique attributes to this term in the African context? What should ‘modern’ look like when facing pressures such as resilience, right to the city, accommodation of informality, to name a few?
Planning Africa 2018 is about grappling with the realities and teasing out the planning pathways generic to Africa and specific to a locality, and sharing ideas on how to realise “The Making of Modern Africa Cities”.
Rapid urbanisation has accentuated the critical role of cities on the African continent as generators and drivers of wealth. However, this has been accompanied by jobless economic growth, increasing inequality and deepening poverty. Other global challenges impacting on Africa cities include climate change, the slow economic recovery, corruption, the rise in nationalism, shifts to the political right, anti-globalisation, anti-migration, war and strife. Planners in Africa have not adequately responded to these realities. The UN Habitat’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Habitat III New Urban Agenda, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 action plan and other policy positions provide guidance for the development of cities globally.