African urbanism, urban land grabs, city master planning

Urban Land Grabs in Africa?

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Issue number
Volume 44 – Number 4


Africa is rapidly urbanizing. New dynamics of investments and mobilities ensure expansive urbanization, transforming the continent’s urban land and built environment. These effects also impact future prospects for sustainable living conditions for African urban dwellers. This issue of Built Environment has collected articles that observe these effects, in order to explore whether these are indeed leading to ‘urban land grabs’, which take place in new forms of commodification and speculation of land and properties.

Griet Steel, Femke van Noorloos, Kei Otsuki
21 Feb 2019