Overview of Urban Planning Principles and Practice

  • Donald OkekeEmail author
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


The inception of participatory planning perspectives in Africa in the 1980s was a direct result of global trends linked with the activities of external assistance agencies. As neoliberal participatory planning perspective (planning without a plan), in which a market metaphor in development processes determines planning approach, the relevance of formal planning as a rational instrument to manage the distribution of activities in space diminishes in practice. Regardless, quantitative and qualitative research was used to establish the resilience of formal planning. Thus formal master planning remains a universal planning instrument and the idea of new master planning is underway amidst upsurge in neoliberal planning initiatives interpreted loosely as participatory planning perspective. It was found that spatial integration eludes neoliberal participatory planning initiatives in Africa.


Participatory Master planning Market Africa Capitalism Imperialism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.African Settlements Research Group, Department of Urban and Regional PlanningUniversity of NigeriaEnuguNigeria

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