PLANNING THE AFRICAN CITY CONFERENCE. THE CASE OF MAKENI, SIERRA LEONE.

Published at: 20 May 2016

San Pablo CEU University, Madrid June 23rd.

Conference on planning and urban expansion in Africa focused on the city of Makeni. Staggering recent urban sprawl in the most deprived areas of the world is the biggest challenge faced by global habitability. The challenge is increased due to habitability deficiencies, scarce economic resources, lack of qualified personnel, weakness of the legislative framework, entrenched traditions and primary activities among other factors. Makeni, Sierra Leone is a paradigmatic case. With an estimated population of 120,000, urban growth beyond the limits of the city follows an evident disperse occupation model deriving from traditional land management system. The challenge of urban expansion in developing countries is the leitmotif of the conference, aimed at researchers, profesionals and students.