Grounding and Worlding Urban Infrastructures (GROWL)
- Henrik Ernstson
- Ricardo Cardoso
- Wangui Kimari
Goal: To develop in-depth case studies and astute mid-level theory of urban infrastructure at the intersection of political ecology and postcolonial urbanism focusing on "Petro-urbanism" in Luanda with comparative infrastructure studies in Nairobi and Kampala.
Date: 12 January 2018 - 11 January 2021
- The New Centralities (NCs) will be analyzed (focusing on Kilamba) through the angles of (state) planning, commodity housing markets, land acquisition and allocation systems as well as social housing in state-segmented markets and subsidized provision.
- The New Peripheries (NPs) willbe analysed in terms of auto-constructed urbanism (household and collective), service sector development, and household land tenure rights.
- Finally, our grounded approach to the study of urbanization processes in the Angolan capital has begun to reveal the key role that blocks of various typeshave had as material components in its expansion over the past two decades. These building blocks of contemporary Luanda include oil blocks, a foundational material-institutional element of the Angolan political-economy; tower blocks, one of the preferential solutions for solving the housing crisis in Angola in the NPs; and cement blocks, the key material element of auto-construction all throughout the city, amongst them the NCs. This makes cement blocks (BLs) a key material linkage between NCs and NPs. These three grounded concepts/elements—New Peripheries, New Centralities and Blocos—will guide the field work during Year 2 and the analysis during Year 3.
- Henrik Ernstson (PI), Geography, The University of Manchester and Honorary Associate Professor at African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town
- Ricardo Cardoso (Co-I), Yale NUS College, Singapore
- Wangui Kimari (Postdoc), African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town
- Jia-Ching Chen-Ching Chen (Co-I), Global Studies, University of California Santa Barbara