Planning, temporary urbanism and citizen-led alternative-substitute place-making in the Global South

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This paper argues that planning in the Global South needs to be embedded within a more complex and systemic framework based on understanding cities' functions and transformations, at both local and regional levels, whilst advocating for and incorporating informal and temporary dynamics. This is to differentiate between two competing processes: formal planning and citizen-led place-making, here considered as a form of reactive alternative-substitute place-making that occurs when there is no available alternative. The paper calls for a better integration of such impermanent, adaptable, temporary and alternative forms of place-making into the planning process for regional futures.


Original languageEnglish
JournalRegional Studies
Early online date14 Oct 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Oct 2019


  • urban systems, urban and regional planning, alternative-substitute place-making, temporary urbanism, Africa, Global South