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URBAN THINKERS´ CAMPUS: Johannesburg, South Africa

When: 19 -20 October, 2017
Where: Johannesburg, South Africa


Title of the Campus:

Sustainable Urban Management: Integrated Infrastructure Planning and Communities’ welfare

Infrastructure is a vector of socio-economic development. African cities suffer from infrastructure which could be described as outdated, bad maintained or inefficient. A situation worsened by climatic changes. Facing climate change, Infrastructure planning needs more innovative and integrated approaches. Different urban actors need to federate efforts towards more collaboration between sectoral initiatives to provide the foundation for sustainable living and more effective development. Green infrastructure connects different bio-geographic regions and habitats and ensures communities’ welfare and participates in socio-economic welfare (transport, food production, friendly city…) The Urban Thinkers’ Campus is an opportunity to discuss and elaborate different pathways towards sustainable infrastructure.


  • To reflect critically on how infrastructure are conceptualized
  • To discuss the challenges of integrated infrastructure planning processes
  • To introduce concepts, theories, models and models of environmental design
  • To raise awareness about the importance of green infrastructure in developing urban areas
  • To bring together different urban actors to discuss challenges and strategies of collaborative design processes


Africa Union of Architects (AUA), as lead partner with the World Urban Campaign coordinated by UN-Habitat, is organizing 3 additional Urban Thinker Campuses in Africa:

  • URBAN THINKER CAMPUS: Dakar, Senegal│Slum Upgrading and Slum Eradication: Experiences, Lessons and Future Solutions
  • URBAN THINKER CAMPUS: Algiers, Algeria│Sustainable Urban Management: New Cities and Integrated Housing Projects, between Reality and Theory, Local Governance and Citizen’s role / Algeria as example
  • URBAN THINKER CAMPUS: Brazzaville, Congo│Urban Planning between Practice and Research + Synthesis of AUA Urban Thinkers Campuses and Preparation of AUA Agenda for Sustainable Cities

Lead Partner Organization

The Africa Union of Architects was inaugurated in Nigeria on May 23 1981 by his Excellency Alhaji Shehu Shagari, former President of Nigeria , to unite architects from all over the continent regardless of nationality, race, religion or doctrine, and to federate their national organizations.

Initially the AUA was made up of delegations from 23 countries. Today, it regroups the key professional organizations in 27 countries, thereby representing nearly 35000 architects.

In parallel with the development of major intergovernmental institutions with which it maintains close relations, the AUA has become an accomplished non governmental organization and an incomparable professional network of architects.

The AUA was granted observer status vide resolution CM/RES 1116, adopted by the OAU Council of Ministers meeting in its 46th ordinary session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 20th-25th July 1987.

Sponsored by

WUCThe World Urban Campaign (WUC) is an advocacy and partnership platform to raise awareness about positive urban change in order to achieve green, productive, safe, healthy, inclusive, and well planned cities. Its goal is to place the Urban Agenda at the highest level in development policies. It is coordinated by UN-Habitat and driven by a large number of committed partners – currently 136 partners and networks – from around the world.


For further information

For further information about the event, visit the official website. 

For further information about the World Urban Campaign, visit the official website or connect them on Facebook on: @urbancampaign 

To know more about the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, the global vision on the future of cities adopted in October, 2016, visit the official website. 



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