African Approaches to Spatial and Green Planning
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Volume 4, Issue 4-1, August 2015, Pages: 6-13
Received: Mar. 24, 2015; Accepted: Apr. 8, 2015; Published: May 27, 2015
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Okeke D. C., Research Unit for Environmental Sciences, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, Potchefstroom, South Africa
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As spatial planning evolved two notions of green planning emerged: traditional and sustainability notions. The former identifies with the practice in African countries when traditional urbanism is the vogue and popular design tradition in planning managed eco-centric settlements. In this context, spatial and green planning fused and drew impetus from the spirituality and traditional institutions of African societies. The sustainability notion of green planning is a recent phenomenon that is common with developed countries although it is assuming global dimension. It came with systemic changes which redefined the instrumentality of spatial planning. In effect, spatial and green planning literarily demerged and the later found expression in green growth otherwise sustainable development. This paper recalls the legacy of green planning in traditional urbanism and the lessons it holds for sustainable urbanism in contemporary societies.
Spatial Planning, Green Planning, Green Growth, African Cities, Negritude
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Okeke D. C., African Approaches to Spatial and Green Planning, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Special Issue: Planning for Sustainable Communities: Green-Spaces in Rural Areas. Vol. 4, No. 4-1, 2015, pp. 6-13. doi: 10.11648/j.aff.s.2015040401.12
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