Handbook 3: Innovative approaches to planning in an African context
Urban tinkering in Malawi

Urban planning in African cities tends to be based on principles and methods adopted from the Global North. This is because many of the continent’s urban centres inherited their planning practices and laws from colonial powers1. While some revisions have been made over time, African cities’ colonial legacy, as it relates to both policies and physical infrastructure, has perpetuated a particular approach when it comes to urban design, with a strong focus on lengthy, top-down desktop planning.


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