ISBN 9781779223678
Pages 268
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Illustrations Colour Illustrations
Published 2020
Publisher Weaver Press, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Seeking Urban Transformation

Alternative Urban Futures in Zimbabwe

by Davison Muchadenyika

Seeking Urban Transformation. Alternative Urban Futures in Zimbabwe tells the stories of ordinary people’s struggles to remake urban centres. It interrogates and highlights the principle conditions in which urban transformation takes place. The main catalysts of the transformation are social movements and planning institutions. Social movements pool resources and skills, acquire land, install infrastructure and build houses. Planning institutions change policies, regulations and traditions to embrace and support a new form of urban development driven by grassroots movements.

Besides providing a comprehensive analysis of planning and housing in Zimbabwe, there is a specific focus on three urban centres of Harare, Chitungwiza and Epworth. In metropolitan Harare, the books examines new housing and infrastructure series to the predominantly urban poor population; vital roles played by the urban poor in urban development and the adoption by planning institutions of grassroots-centered, urban-planning approaches.

The book draws from three case studies and in-depth interviews from diverse urban shapers i.e. representatives and members of social movements, urban planners, engineers, surveyors, policy makers, politicians, civil society workers and students to generate a varied selection of insights and experiences. Based on the Zimbabwean experience, the book illustrates how actions and power of ordinary people contributes to the transformation of African cities.

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About the Author

Davison Muchadenyika

Davison Muchadenyika is an urban planner who has worked for universities, nongovernmental organizations and international development agencies. Between 2015 and 2017, he read for his PhD at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He was a research fellow at the African Centre for Cities and Climate System Analysis Group, both at the University of Cape Town. There, he conducted research in Lusaka, Maputo and Windhoek. Further, he worked for Danish Church Aid in arare as a Research Coordinator where he led three flagship reports: Cities at the Crossroads: The State of Service Delivery, The Uncertainty of 2018: Local Government Elections Survey Report, and Cities in Distress: Municipal Budgeting and Financial Management Survey. He has written about five book chapters and more than 12 articles in journals such as Cities, Urban Forum, Habitat International, Journal of Southern African Studies, Journal of International Development, Development Policy Review, among others. 

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