There’s a problem with ‘Wakanda visions’ for African cities – academic

The problem with “Wakanda visions” of African cities is that it implies a highly exclusive and exclusionary set-up, according to Professor Amira Osman, a professor of architecture at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

Wakanda is a fictional country located in sub-Saharan Africa, made popular by the movie Black Panther.

“A lot of times we have visions of Wakanda. We imagine the African city of the future as one with big glass high-rises. A lot of African cities aspire to this vision,” she said at the 12th Green Building Convention hosted by the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA) in Cape Town this week.

She said such a vision, however, implies exclusivity. It does not, in her view, imply a “relationship with the streets” that offers different layers of…

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