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African City: towards a new paradigm – “chameleonic” urbanism for hybrid cities

Author: DMLS Viana
Organisation: African Perspectives
Publish Date: 2009
Country: Africa
Sector: Community
Method: Forecasting
Theme: Living Standards
Type: Assement
Language: English
Tags: African City; Formal and informal designs; Prolific forms; New paradigm; “Chameleonic” urbanism; Principles with open forms; Hybrid cities.

African cities demands growing net articulation between their formal centre and vast informal polymorphic suburban housing areas. A new urban paradigm should be proclaiming: in it are formulate proposals that aim to consolidate an improved adapted adjustment between regular patterns (attached to macro scale planning) and plural configurations of self organized city, based on micro stratagems developed by indigent citizens on their everyday life. This new urban paradigm relays on nature and collective/public spaces as major elements to reassemble fragmented African urban spaces: [re]developing wide [re]distribute social services, public equipments and civic infrastructures in the extension of African City – urban progress articulated with improvement of living human conditions, combining both with overall sustainability. The new paradigm point out to flexible and regenerative morphologies on urban space, sensible and capable to adapt to multicontexts – “chameleonic” urbanism bases itself on multiple and mixed visions of micro units inherent to African City, proposing derivate forms from themselves.
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