The accelerated phase of urbanization in developing regions occurred in the last half of the 20th century. Nowadays, a large part of the developing world, labeled as “Global South”, is still characterized by rapid urban growth. In these areas, processes that initiate in the margins challenge traditional dependencies of “outsides” from “insides” and defi- nitions of urban, suburban, peri-urban and rural, have become blurry. The term “transi- tional” refers to elements in the process of change or in the process of “becoming”. For this study urban forms in Africas’s new (sub)urban scenarios become transitional morphol- ogies to be analyzed. African cities have been catalyzing attention since statistical data show that they will hold about 21% of the world’s population in the coming years. This increase in urban dwellers implies a rise in the demand for urban housing, infrastructure, and services. Evidence of the phenomena is tangible, new increasingly large-scale mor- phologies can be appreciated all over the African continent. Two main morphological singularities coexist in these contexts: informal settlements and new large-scale planned projects. Using geographic information systems and urban morphology as decoding arti- fact, case studies are analyzed as they develop in time; with the aim to understand their spatial character and the current dynamics of their development. This paper highlights the partial results of an ongoing mapping research project that intends to frame the spa- tial character of transitional morphologies. In this work, urban morphology serves as a tool that allows emerging morphologies to be mapped and compared.

Transitional Morphologies in the Global South: Sub-Saharan Africa / RICCHIARDI HERNANDEZ, ANA MARIA. - ELETTRONICO. - (2020), pp. 213-224. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 5th ISUFitaly International Conference tenutosi a Roma nel 19-22 febbraio 2020.

Transitional Morphologies in the Global South: Sub-Saharan Africa

Ricchiardi Hernandez ana maria
2020

Abstract

The accelerated phase of urbanization in developing regions occurred in the last half of the 20th century. Nowadays, a large part of the developing world, labeled as “Global South”, is still characterized by rapid urban growth. In these areas, processes that initiate in the margins challenge traditional dependencies of “outsides” from “insides” and defi- nitions of urban, suburban, peri-urban and rural, have become blurry. The term “transi- tional” refers to elements in the process of change or in the process of “becoming”. For this study urban forms in Africas’s new (sub)urban scenarios become transitional morphol- ogies to be analyzed. African cities have been catalyzing attention since statistical data show that they will hold about 21% of the world’s population in the coming years. This increase in urban dwellers implies a rise in the demand for urban housing, infrastructure, and services. Evidence of the phenomena is tangible, new increasingly large-scale mor- phologies can be appreciated all over the African continent. Two main morphological singularities coexist in these contexts: informal settlements and new large-scale planned projects. Using geographic information systems and urban morphology as decoding arti- fact, case studies are analyzed as they develop in time; with the aim to understand their spatial character and the current dynamics of their development. This paper highlights the partial results of an ongoing mapping research project that intends to frame the spa- tial character of transitional morphologies. In this work, urban morphology serves as a tool that allows emerging morphologies to be mapped and compared.
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