An article written by Cecilia Andersson (informed by Elisabeth Peyroux, senior researcher at the National Centre of Scientific Research Toulouse). Andersson works for UN-Habitat and developed prevention stategies for Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.
Johannesburg in South Africa has undergone many changes over the past decades, from a mining centre and industrial city to a metropolitan centre given over to financial and business services. This city of more than 3 million inhabitants is the economic core of South Africa and a major economic hub in the region. While Johannesburg displays some key characteristics of a welldeveloped and attractive city, there has been little direct integration between formal and informal activities.
“Territorial strategies through branding and landscaping are intimately connected to the various practices of “place-making” and “place-promoting”. In the inner city, urban design activities include the transformation and upgrading of public space through capital improvement, landscape and pedestrianizing.”