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Dystopian Cities: How the Tyranny of Specialists Destroy African Cities by Archimedes Muzenda

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For more than fifty centuries, cities were planned and developed by generalists. The town planners were Jacks of all trades yet masters of none. In the last fifty years however, this all changed. Town planning dismantled into various specialists – masters of a single trade. Traffic engineers, urban environmentalists, modernist architects, town planning regulators, Marxist and postmodern scholars . As these specialists focus on their specialities, governed by ideological loyalty and possessiveness, they work in isolations a practice that is pushing African cities off the cliff.

In Dystopian Cities Archimedes Muzenda reveals the destruction that specialists are creating in cities across Africa. He reveals how the tyrannical nature of specialists is creating fragmented cities. How the spatial atrocities committed by specialists are turning African cities into a dystopian state. In doing so, Muzenda sets basis for specialists to find one another if they are to create prosperous, sustainable and just cities – cities that are liveable.

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Archimedes Muzenda


Archimedes Muzenda is a city planner and researcher on African urbanisation and urban development. He has worked across Africa conducting research and supporting African cities with technical advisory on urban development. Across the continent he has worked with various cities from those emerging crisis and conflicts to cities on take-off. Throughout his work, urban regeneration, land use planning, transport planning and strategic planning have been his key fields of support. Archimedes is a senior research associate at the African Urban Institute.

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