Dystopia: How The Tyranny of Specialists Fragment African Cities

Dystopia: How The Tyranny of Specialists Fragment African Cities
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Genre: Non-Fiction
Tags: africa, cities, land use planning, urban, urban planning
Publisher: African Urban Institute Press
Publication Year: 24 September 2019
Format: Paperback
Length: 258 pages
ISBN: 9781779068873

A revelation of the spatial atrocities committed by specialist planners in African cities.

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About the Book

For more than 50 centuries, cities were planned and developed by generalists. The town planners were Jacks of all trades yet masters of none. But, in the last 50 years, this changed. Town planning dismantled into various specialists – masters of a single trade. Traffic engineers; urban environmentalists, modernist architects, town planning regulators, housing specialists, postmodern scholars. As these specialists focus on their specialities, they operate in isolations.

In Dystopia, Archimedes Muzenda reveals the destruction specialist planning has caused in cities across Africa. He reveals the extent of spatial atrocities perpetrated by specialists on urban societies. In doing so, Muzenda set a basis for specialists to find one other if they are to create prosperous, sustainable, and just cities; cities that are liveable.

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About the Author
Archimedes Muzenda

Archimedes Muzenda is an urbanist and researcher who has spent his early career studying urbanisation in various African regions. He is a senior research associate at the African Urban Institute.

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