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Getting urban density to work in informal settlements in Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-31T08:15:05Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-31T08:15:05Z
dc.date.issued 2020-08-31 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15388
dc.description.abstract The drawbacks of crowded informal settlements stand in stark contrast to the theoretical promise that urban density is the key to building more productive, sustainable and resilient cities. African cities cannot be expected to prosper while the majority of residents live in sprawling informal settlements with no prospect of improvement beyond the provision of basic services. There is a strong case for governments to embrace a broader reconstruction agenda in order to harness the potential of density for all-round progress. The core proposition of the paper is that urban population growth would be accommodated more effectively by building upwards and not merely outwards. We consider the circumstances under which this is true and how the state and communities might refashion conditions in informal settlements despite their restricted resources. To expand upwards requires participatory planning, more tenure security, settlement redesign, and in-situ investments in public services and housing. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Sage en
dc.subject AFRICA en
dc.title Getting urban density to work in informal settlements in Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber MRAMAA en
dc.Volume August en
dc.BudgetYear 2020/21 en
dc.ResearchGroup Inclusive Economic Development en
dc.SourceTitle Environment & Urbanization en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11507 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10656 en
dc.bibliographictitle Visagie, J. & Turok, I. (2020) Getting urban density to work in informal settlements in Africa . <i>Environment & Urbanization</i>. August:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2020 en
dc.contributor.author1 Visagie, J. en
dc.contributor.author2 Turok, I. en

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