A podcast where we talk about global perspectives on spatial planning in practice and theory

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Realities of informality on different continents

In the last part of our trilogy on informality within human settlements, we take a look at the realities of informality on different continents. We talk with two people who have first-hand experience, tell their stories and we share our own perceptions from around the globe.

Mumbai @johnny_miller_photography

Formalization processes in settlements

In the second part of our trilogy on informality within human settlements, we take a look at the formalization processes. We look at their history,weight the pros and cons, but also take a look at the initiators and give some examples. Please keep in mind that we did not pick the examples to either condemn or praise them, but simply to showcase the topic more clearly.

Informal and formal settlements in two pictures

Formality & Informality

In this first part of our trilogy on informality within human settlements, we take a look at the definition of informality, the relation to the term slum, and the advantages and disadvantages of informality.

little postal boxes in black and white

The Data Gap

Data of all kinds is used to provide adequate spatial planning. Of course, what data we use has an impact on the results. In this episode, we talk about what role missing data plays, what value is attributed to certain data, and what kind of data gaps exist.

A white map of Africa on a black surface with a map of China within the African boarderlines in black

China’s influence in Africa

China is investing in a lot of places. The African continent is one of them. We are reflecting on expert input and have a chat with South African game developer Steven Tu and Ethiopian Architect Bethlehem Anteneh. Leave us a comment with your opinion or interesting facts about China’s influence in Africa.

city view of Mwanza

Learning from the South

This episode focusses on the terminology: Global South and North, and follows the research of Sarah Kusché in Tanzania which helped deduce six lessons learned from the Community-based infrastructure Upgrading projects in Mwanza and Dar Es Salaam.

shanghai tower

What is the sound of your city?

This episode centers around city perception. How we see our city with our eyes, but also with our emotions and feelings. How do we perceive our city with all five senses, and how could urban planning have an influence on how we feel.