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

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Cobbinah, Patrick Brandful, Erdiaw-Kwasie, Michael Odei and Basson, Marita. 2022. "Deconstructing Africa’s Urban Space: Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning Challenge." Patrick Brandful, Cobbinah and Addaney, Michael (ed.) Sustainable Urban Futures in Africa. New York, United States. Routledge. pp. 21-41
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Deconstructing Africa’s Urban Space: Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning Challenge

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
Book TitleSustainable Urban Futures in Africa
AuthorsCobbinah, Patrick Brandful (Author), Erdiaw-Kwasie, Michael Odei (Author) and Basson, Marita (Author)
EditorsPatrick Brandful, Cobbinah and Addaney, Michael
Page Range21-41
SeriesRoutledge Research in Planning and Urban Design
Chapter Number2
Number of Pages21
Year2022
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationNew York, United States
ISBN9781032020167
9781003181484
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003181484-22
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781003181484-22/deconstructing-africa-urban-space-sustainable-development-spatial-planning-challenge-patrick-brandful-cobbinah-michael-odei-erdiaw-kwasie-marita-basson?context=ubx&refId=69f468be-77cc-4e
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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.

Keywordssustainable development; spatial planning; urban space
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020330404. Land use and environmental planning
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Charles Darwin University
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