Planning Africa 2014


Planning Africa – Making Great Places
19-22 October 2014
Durban, South Africa

The 6th Planning Africa Conference will be held in Durban, eThekwini on 19-22 October 2014. The conference will build on the outcomes of previous conferences relating to the role of planners and the value of planning in the development and growth of South Africa in particular and the African continent more broadly.

At the last conference in 2012, the key role of planning in protecting, generating and growing land value through spatial planning and land use management was emphasised. This role comes with a high level of responsibility in ensuring that land development is inclusive, equitable and sustainable.

In line with this responsibility, there is the desire that every community should live in a great place. There are various international initiatives to celebrate “Great Places” as part of outreach campaigns to promote the value of planning. Similarly, SAPI launched a “Know Your Block” campaign and will take this forward into Planning Africa 2014 through the theme “Making Great Places”. The objective is both to showcase and celebrate great places and to have a practical focus on how to make great places.

Broad Definition
“Great Places” are not confined to a narrow public-space making definition; as much as this element is key and central to making great places; but within the framework of Planning Africa 2014, it will include places in a holistic way at various scales and forms such as streets, neighbourhoods, precincts, nodes, corridors, special economic zones, informal settlements, rural areas, villages, small towns, big towns, city-centres, cities, metropoles and beyond.

As such Planning Africa will be engaging both with the notion of, say, how to make towns or cities great places as well as how to make great places within towns or cities.

Call for Abstracts and Key Dates

  • March – Deadline Abstract Submission
  • 01 April – Authors will be notified of acceptance
  • 15 May – First draft of full papers to be submitted
  • 15 July – Peer review of full papers to be completed
  • 31 August – Full and final papers to be submitted

 For more information, please visit the event website,

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