Shifting Urban Policies in North Africa after the Arab Spring
Urgent Reaction or Real Changes?
Diskussionspapiere - Volkswirtschaft des Vorderen Orients
Klaus Schwarz Verlag
1. Edition (2016)
geheftet, 32 pages
Social injustice, corruption, an authoritarian rule of law and the growing contrasts between rich and poor have become particularly evident in the Arab countries’ largest metropolitan areas. Mirroring the contrast between global aspirations and local challenges, these “cities of extremes” have seen the emergence of gated communities and urban flagship projects in the direct neighbourhood of precarious informal settlements. Far too often, the region’s urban planning is not demand-led, but rather driven by a centrally controlled real-estate market that feeds a hardly transparent, rentier-based economic model. Consequently, top-down planning has often prioritised ambitious large-scale projects instead of decentralised and differentiated planning solutions.