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URBAN RECONSTRUCTION (article first published : 2004-06-6)

ADAMS Campus Bookshop & Ike's Books and Collectables have announced the launch of Urban Reconstruction In The Developing World edited by Peter Robinson, Jeff McCarthy and Clive Forster.

The case study that forms the basis of this book, The Cato Manor area of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, has been one the most hotly contested urban localities in the history of one of the world's most politicised countries.

Contested urban landscapes are seldom documented with a view to revealing how problems are solved within them. The authors provide a national and international perspective on problem solving in the face of adversity. In this context the relevance of the case study material presented in this book lies in turning urban development problems into solutions as well as managing complex, large-scale urban development projects. It also deals with maintaining progress within a continuously shifting political and institutional environment as well as establishing an integrated, area-based urban development delivering urban development benefits targeted at the poor

Urban Reconstruction offers policy-makers, practitioners and students a challenging and original assessment of the situation of South Africa’s urban reconstruction. A variety of critical perspectives are brought to bear on urban development, filling an important gap in the literature for urban development practitioners, students of urban development disciplines, public, private and NGO sectors, citizens, community leaders and development workers in developing countries .

The editors are Prof Peter Robinson (School of Architecture, Planning and Housing, UKZN), Dr Jeff McCarthy (independent consultant) and Mr.Clive Forster, Director of East Coast Development Management Services. They are joined by a further 40 contributors, among them Mr Willies Mchunu, who is also a trustee of the Cato Manor Bursary Fund (set up at UKZN) into which all royalties from the book will go.

The book incorporates 448 pages and retails for R260.




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