Making Urban Land and Space Matter - A Position Statement

Isandla Institute

Planning for the development of South African cities has largely failed to address patterns of inequality, social segregation and urban sprawl since 1994 because questions of urban space and land have struggled to find political favour, concerted technocratic consideration or coherent grassroots-supported mobilisation. Isandla Institute has sought to unpick some of the threads that have contributed to the fracturing and masking of questions about the distribution and use of urban space and land and, drawing on local and international experience, has identified a number of key proposals to challenge these patterns.

In this postition paper Isandla Institute identifies five trends that have resulted in the despatialisation and depoliticisation of planning in South Africa after 1994, and calls for a focus on six changes to policy, institutions and practice to address these trends.

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