Investigating the politics of urban expertise in large-scale urban development

Authors: Loan Diep*, University College London, Enora Robin, University College London
Topics: Africa
Keywords: urban knowledge - large scale developments
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 6:20 PM
Room: Bonaparte, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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From the 19th Haussmanian plans for the city of Paris to the post-war modernist Grand Projects, up to the contemporary mixed use regeneration developments, smart city projects, eco-districts and many more, urban developments have been shaped by the existence of distinct “ways of” planning, all of which characterised different epochs in the history of our cities. Yet, there is little understanding of the social and political process through which these specific “ways of” making a city emerge in particular places - or rather, how these models of urban developments are actively produced by a wide range of actors in a given context. Understanding by whom and how urban knowledge is produced, mobilized and used in the formulation of urban visions is therefore crucial to understanding how models of urban developments are produced and sometimes disseminated globally. In Cape Town more particularly, the project looks into how new visions for the redevelopment of specific parts of the city – such as the East City Precinct and District 6 – are negotiated and implemented. It focuses on the processes through which different types of knowledge and expertise are produced and mobilised to inform large scale urban transformations.

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