Teaching urban planning through international cooperation project with African cities in very fast transition times
The "African question" is increasingly an "urban question", particularly considering the transition phase and the transformation speed that African cities have been experiencing over the last few years. An important question therefore emerges regarding the quality of the training of urban planners, both in European schools – attended more and more by African students – and in the field of international co-operation between European and African universities, also supported by some recent EU Calls. In this context, this paper is an opportunity to discuss the limits and possibilities of teaching urban planning in a phase of rapid changes and, therefore, to define common strategies to reinvigorate the quality of our teaching and practices of future urban planners, inside and outside the European Schools of Planning while obviously being careful not to succumb to the always concealed neo-colonial drifts that would be even more negative for everyone today.
African question, transition phase, transformation speed, quality of the training of urban planners, strategies to reinvigorate the quality of our teaching