How Africans Are Building The Cities Of The Future

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Africans are moving into cities in unprecedented numbers. Lagos, Nigeria, is growing by 77 people an hour — it's on track to become a city of 100 million. In 30 years, the continent is projected to have 14 mega-cities of more than 10 million people. It's perhaps the largest urban migration in history.

These cities are not like Dubai, or Singapore, or Los Angeles. They’re uniquely African cities, and they’re forcing all of us to reconsider what makes a city modern. And how and why cities thrive.

To find out what's going on, we go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to talk with entrepreneurs, writers, scholars and artists. In this hour, produced in partnership with the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) — a global consortium of 270 humanities centers and institutes — we learn how the continent where the human species was born is building the cities of the future.

Original Air Date: December 14, 2019

Guests:

Dagmawi WoubshetJulie MehretuEmily CallaciJames OgudeAto QyaysonTeju ColeMeskerem Assegued

Interviews In This Hour:

Rediscovering the Indigenous City of Addis Ababa'People As Infrastructure'A Tour Of The Networked City'I Am Because We Are': The African Philosophy of UbuntuHow Pan-African Dreams Turned DystopicDecoding Global Capitalism on One African Street Life in the Diaspora: How Teju Cole Pivots Between CulturesCan Artists Create the City of the Future?

Further Reading:

CHCI

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