Rapid urbanisation is placing cities of the global South at the core of the developmental agenda for the 21st century.
These differentiated processes stem from, and compound, broader structural developments, including: cities' economic restructuring in the face of globalization pressures; pressing global environmental crises; restructuring states and governance relations under the pervasive influence of neo-liberal discourses and practices. These developments interact with local histories, cultures and social relations to produce highly differentiated, locally-specific patterns of urban development, urban health, urban transport, and change in a global context shaped by migration.
In this context, what can design and planning contribute to collective initiatives that seek to bring about social and spatial justice in cities of the global South? The overall project of this cluster is to tease out these multiplex urban transformation processes and to explicitly increase the room for manoeuvre for a variety of city actors to harness key levers of transformative change. The cluster focuses on the following arenas:
To find out more about this cluster, please contact Barbara Lipietz