Changing Space, Changing CityJohannesburg after Apartheid
- Publication Date: 2014
- Dimensions and Pages: 240 x 168 mm, 590 pp
- Hardback EAN: 978-1-86814-765-6
- eBook EAN: 978-1-86814-813-4(North America, South America, China) 978-1-86814-814-1 (Rest of World)
- Rights: World rights
- Recommended Price (ZAR): 690.00
- Recommended Price (USD): 69.95
As the dynamo of South Africa’s economy, Johannesburg commands a central position in the nation’s imagination, and scholars throughout the world monitor the city as an exemplar of urbanity in the global South.
This richly illustrated study offers detailed empirical analyses of changes in the city’s physical space, as well as a host of chapters on the character of specific neighbourhoods and the social identities being forged within them. Informing all of these is a consideration of underlying economic, social and political processes shaping the wider Gauteng region.
A mix of respected academics, practising urban planners and experienced policymakers offer compelling overviews of the rapid and complex spatial developments that have taken place in Johannesburg since the end of apartheid, along with tantalising glimpses into life on the streets and behind the high walls of this diverse city.
The book has three sections. Section A provides an overview of macro spatial trends and the policies that have infl uenced them. Section B explores the shaping of the city at district and suburban level, revealing the peculiarity of processes in different areas. This analysis elucidates thelarger trends, while identifying shifts that are not easily detected at the macro level. Section C is an assembly of chapters and short vignettes that focus on the interweaving of place and identity at a micro level.
With empirical data supported by new data sets including the 2011 Census, the city’s Development Planning and Urban Management Department’s information system, and Gauteng City-Region Observatory’s substantial archive, the book is an essential reference for planning practitioners, urban geographers, sociologists, and social anthropologists, among others.
1 Materialities, subjectivities and spatial transformation in Johannesburg
Philip Harrison, Graeme Gotz, Alison Todes and Chris Wray
Section A: The macro trends
2 The ‘thin oil of urbanisation’?
Spatial change in Johannesburg and the Gauteng city-region
Graeme Gotz, Chris Wray and Brian Mubiwa
3 Poverty and inequality in the Gauteng city-region
4 The impact of policy and strategic spatial planning
5 Tracking changes in the urban built environment: An emerging perspective from the City of
Peter Ahmad and Herman Pienaar
6 Johannesburg’s urban space economy
Graeme Gotz and Alison Todes
7 Changes in the natural landscape
8 Informal settlements
Marie Huchzermeyer, Aly Karam and Miriam Maina
9 Public housing in Johannesburg
10 Transport in the shaping of space
Mathetha Mokonyama and Brian Mubiwa
11 Gated communities and spatial transformation in Greater Johannesburg
Karina Landman and Willem Badenhorst
Section B: Area-based transformations
12 Between fixity and flux: Grappling with transience and permanence in the inner city
13 Are Johannesburg’s peri-central neighbourhoods irremediably ‘fluid’?
Local leadership and community building in Yeoville and Bertrams
14 The wrong side of the mining belt? Spatial transformations and identities in Johannesburg’s
Philip Harrison and Tanya Zack
15 Soweto: A study in socio-spatial differentiation
Philip Harrison and Kirsten Harrison
16 Kliptown: Resilience and despair in the face of a hundred years of planning
Hilton Judin, Naomi Roux and Tanya Zack
Philip Harrison, Adrian Masson and Luke Sinwell
18 Sandton Central, 1969–2013: From open veld to new CBD?
Keith Beavon and Pauline Larsen
19 In the forest of transformation: Johannesburg’s northern suburbs
20 The north-western edge
Neil Klug, Margot Rubin and Alison Todes
21 The 2010 World Cup and its legacy in the Ellis Park Precinct: Perceptions of local residents
Aly Karam and Margot Rubin
22 Transformation through transportation: Some early impacts of Bus Rapid Transit in Orlando,
Christo Venter and Eunice Vaz
Section C: Spatial identities
23 Footprints of Islam in Johannesburg
Yasmeen Dinath, Yusuf Patel and Rashid Seedat
24 Being an immigrant and facing uncertainty in Johannesburg: The case of Somalis
25 On ‘spaces of hope’: Exploring Hillbrow’s discursive credoscapes
26 The Central Methodist Church
27 The Ethiopian Quarter
Hannah le Roux
28 Urban collage: Yeoville
29 Phantoms of the past, spectres of the present: Chinese space in Johannesburg
Philip Harrison, Khangelani Moyo and Yan Yang
30 The notice
Caroline Wanjiku Kihato
31 Inner-city street traders: Legality and spatial practice
Puleng Makhetha and Margot Rubin
32 Waste pickers/informal recyclers
33 The fear of others: Responses to crime and urban transformation in Johannesburg
34 Black urban, black research: Why understanding space and identity in South Africa still
List of plates
List of figures
List of tables
About the editors:
Philip Harrison is the South African Research Chair in Development Planning and Modelling within the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also a member of the South African National Planning Commission. He has authored a series of books on tourism in South Africa, and has also co-authored/ co-edited two books relating to urban planning and urban development.
Graeme Gotz is director of research at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory. His academic focus includes city development and urban renewal, urban economic development, as well as governance and institutions.
Alison Todes is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She has been involved in several policy development processes in local, national and international arenas. Alison has researched and published extensively in the field of urban and regional development and planning.
Chris Wray is a senior systems analyst/manager at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory. He is also a registered Professional GISc practitioner with over 17 years’ experience in the GIS profession. His research interests include: urban spatial data analysis, modelling and visualisation; Web GIS and g-government.