To Build a City in Africa – lecture by Rachel Keeton

March 28, 2018
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To Build a City in Africa – lecture by Rachel Keeton

 
We invite you to a lecture by Rachel Keeton on Wednesday 28 March at 17:00 in Lecture Room 1.

Urbanization is currently happening faster in Africa than on any other continent. The vast majority of this urbanisation is unregulated and unplanned. At the same time, New Towns are being privately developed for the 'middle' and upper-income groups as an alternative to what are seen as 'crowded', 'congested' and 'unmanageable' cities. Future New Towns can be an opportunity to address environmental and social issues proactively rather than contributing to existing challenges. Ms Keeton will speak on the forthcoming book, To Build a City in Africa: A History and a Manual, sharing her research experience and thoughts on ethical issues related to design in these rapidly changing environments.

Rachel Keeton is an urban researcher and founder of Urban Anecdote, a research office concerned with questions about the city. An architect by training, Keeton has worked in the field of urban analysis for the last ten years, specializing in contemporary new towns around the world. As a researcher for the International New Town Institute (INTI), she initiated and led INTI's satellite program in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a co-editor of the forthcoming book To Build a City in Africa: A History and a Manual (Nai010, 2018), and author of Rising in the East: Contemporary New Towns in Asia (SUN, 2011).