"African Town Planning; The way forward" by the Irish Savant

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"African Town Planning; The way forward" by the Irish Savant

has this guy gone too far?

The Irish Savant: African town planning: The way forward

Now it’s been almost universally agreed that the typical western decentralised, auto-oriented suburban model has been a failure, especially with the soaring cost of oil. This model has lead to the sundering of traditional neighbour and family relationships, as well as bearing a terrible environmental cost.

The alternative calls for pedestrian-centred neighbourhoods with primary social and economic facilities within a five-minute walk, with a commitment to re-establishing the relationship between the art of building and the remaking of community. This should be accompanied by the elimination of large-scale commuter travelling, which in turn calls for locating work within the community. However, the solution cannot be by way of the massive neo-Stalinist tower blocks that disfigure so much of the ‘advanced’ world’s landscape.
 
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Does he mean loads of Africans holding table quizzes to fleece friends & family of a few quid so they can take a two week holiday to Ireland to build us a house. Ala the Niall Mellon Township thingy.
 

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I think he is not praising African town planning

I think he is not praising African town planning and taking a swipe at the planning / environmental lobby at the same time
 

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"African Town Planning; The way forward" by the Irish Savant

has this guy gone too far?

The Irish Savant: African town planning: The way forward

Now it’s been almost universally agreed that the typical western decentralised, auto-oriented suburban model has been a failure, especially with the soaring cost of oil. This model has lead to the sundering of traditional neighbour and family relationships, as well as bearing a terrible environmental cost.

The alternative calls for pedestrian-centred neighbourhoods with primary social and economic facilities within a five-minute walk, with a commitment to re-establishing the relationship between the art of building and the remaking of community. This should be accompanied by the elimination of large-scale commuter travelling, which in turn calls for locating work within the community. However, the solution cannot be by way of the massive neo-Stalinist tower blocks that disfigure so much of the ‘advanced’ world’s landscape.
He hasn't travelled much in Africa then!!
 

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he's taking the p1ss. The concepts are ally European and bear no relation to the 3rd world
 

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The concepts of town planning are universal

The concepts of town planning are universal

look at the progress the Romans made 2000 years ago.
 

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Does he mean loads of Africans holding table quizzes to fleece friends & family of a few quid so they can take a two week holiday to Ireland to build us a house. Ala the Niall Mellon Township thingy.


You woull have waith a long time for that to happen.
 

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"African Town Planning; The way forward" by the Irish Savant

has this guy gone too far?

The Irish Savant: African town planning: The way forward

Now it’s been almost universally agreed that the typical western decentralised, auto-oriented suburban model has been a failure, especially with the soaring cost of oil. This model has lead to the sundering of traditional neighbour and family relationships, as well as bearing a terrible environmental cost.

The alternative calls for pedestrian-centred neighbourhoods with primary social and economic facilities within a five-minute walk, with a commitment to re-establishing the relationship between the art of building and the remaking of community. This should be accompanied by the elimination of large-scale commuter travelling, which in turn calls for locating work within the community. However, the solution cannot be by way of the massive neo-Stalinist tower blocks that disfigure so much of the ‘advanced’ world’s landscape.
Perhaps we could get the Tata's and have dozens of people hanging off the top while the inside is also packed. We should also have the oxen being driven to town and used for ploughing. Perhaps we could also use the Toyota pick up (open back) 4x4 also be used as the local taxi service/hearse aswell... the guy has obviously not lived in Africa for long...;)
 

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What exactly is wrong with this?

The alternative calls for pedestrian-centred neighbourhoods with primary social and economic facilities within a five-minute walk, with a commitment to re-establishing the relationship between the art of building and the remaking of community. This should be accompanied by the elimination of large-scale commuter travelling, which in turn calls for locating work within the community.
Seems like an eminently sensible proposal. Not sure why this is considered "African town planning" given anti car town planning is fairly common on the continent, with emphasis on public transport, walking and cycling, along with a greater focus on higher density housing.
 


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