UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Large-scale urban development projects and the global production of space: views from Africa, East Asia and Europe

10 April 2018, 4:40 pm–6:20 pm


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Riverview II, Marriott, 41st Floor, New Orleans, USA


Large-scale urban development projects have become a key element in the production of urban centers around the globe. They are physical manifestations of social and economic restructuring processes as well as shifting planning paradigms. At the same time, they emerge from the implementation of exceptional measures for the development of new urban districts.

This paper session looks at such developments projects in South Africa, East Asia and Europe. Embracing a comparative perspective, the discussion aims to explore those projects common features, dynamics, and implications as urban drivers. Looking at how these projects are conceived, analyzing the strategies and mechanisms by which they are implemented, by whom and for whom provides insights into the global production networks these projects are embedded in.


Introducing Urban Megaprojects in comparative perspective and with a focus on their border condition.
Dr. Anna Gasco | Future Cities Laboratory - ETH Singapore Centre

A comparative discussion of large-scale urban developments and the concept of centrality.
Dr. Naomi C. Hanakata | Future Cities Laboratory - ETH Singapore Centre

The Political Economy of Chinese-led Megaprojects in South Africa.
Ricardo Reboredo | Trinity College Dublin

Cape Town's design precinct on The Fringe: planned vs organic development. Reflexions on a failed project.
Enora Robin
| University College London, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, City Leadership Lab

Chair: Frances Naomi Brill, University College London, Department of Geography Discussant: Gerardo del Cerro Santamaría, Fullbright Specialist and Visiting Professor at MIT