AAPS news

To celebrate the start of the new year, AAPS is pleased to announce its new steering committee, which took office at the beginning of 2017.

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The African Centre for Cities (ACC), an interdisciplinary urban research institute located at the University of Cape Town, is looking to hire a deputy director.

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AAPS and SDI are currently engaged in community-based studios in four African countries, with funding from Cities Alliance. This blog gives an update on the Kenyan project.

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On 24 May 2016 the urban and regional planning programme offered in the Department of Architecture and Planning became the first programme at the University of Botswana to be awarded full accreditation by an international professional body, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) of the United Kingdom.

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AAPS is pleased to announce the release of a new eBook detailing and reflecting on the history and work of the Association. 

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The Kenya partnership of Slum Dwellers International (Kenya Affiliate) and the Centre of Urban Research and Innovations (CURI) at the University of Nairobi (UoN) launched and commenced field activities for the Kitui learning studio in the first quarter of 2016.

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The University of Zambia (UNZA) recently launched the Centre for Urban Research and Planning (CURP), an exciting new urban research initiative seeking to promote community-based approaches to research and settlement upgrading.

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UN-Habitat, through the Support to the Sustainable Urban Development Sector in Kenya project (2012 to 2015), is supporting urban planning schools in Kenya to improve the quality of planning education.

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The AAPS Editorial Board has finalised its selection of papers for submission to the GPEAN/Routledge publication Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning, Volume 6.

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The AAPS secretariat is pleased to announce that a third Sudanese member has joined the Association: the Department of Urban Planning (College of Architecture and Physical Planning) at Sudan University of Science and Technology.

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From Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 November, the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS) hosted its fourth biennial conference in Cape Town (South Africa).

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The AAPS Secretariat is delighted to announce two new Kenyan members: the University of Eldoret and the Technical University of Kenya.

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We are very pleased to announce that another Nigerian planning school has joined AAPS: Bells University of Technology in Ota (Ogun State).

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The AAPS Secretariat is delighted to announce the call for papers for the upcoming AAPS 2014 conference, themed ‘African Urban Planning and the Global South: Pedagogy, Research, Practice’.

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Recently the Africa Research Institute (ARI) teamed up with AAPS members to produce a series of publications related to planning education in Africa. All three publications are now available for download, free of charge, from the ARI website.

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On 23 and 24 September 2013, UN-Habitat and the University of Nairobi co-hosted a workshop to explore ways of increasing mutual collaboration between UN-Habitat and AAPS members in Kenya, and to create a forum for the schools to formulate how they may promote AAPS objectives in Kenya.

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Congratulations to the new Master of Spatial Planning programme staff at the University of Zambia, and particularly to incoming staff member Gilbert Siame, who played an important role in helping to secure a generous Comic Relief grant for a research project on informal settlement upgrading in Lusaka.

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AAPS Project Coordinator Dr Nancy Odendaal recently attended the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN) Governing Council meeting, held in Recife (Brazil) from 17 to 19 May 2013. The meeting preceded the Brazilian Planning Schools Association (ANPUR) conference held in the same city.

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Another joint AAPS-SDI studio is currently underway in Dar es Salaam, where students from Ardhi University are working with the Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI), local community members and federation leaders on two informal settlement upgrading projects. The targeted settlements are Maganga and Kombo.

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From 20 to 21 March 2013, the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS) took part in the inaugural meeting of the African Urban Research Initiative (AURI), held at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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