KAMPALA, THE GARDEN CITY
       
     
 View of downtown from Tank Hill
       
     
 Typical Street: Formal
       
     
 Typical Street: Informal
       
     
 Traffic: Selling in the street
       
     
KAMPALA, THE GARDEN CITY
       
     
KAMPALA, THE GARDEN CITY

Africa is Urbanizing rapidly. Today, Kampala city has a population of over 3 million people and accounts for over 60% of Uganda's GDP. The city is currently experiencing a high rate of urbanization averaging 5.6% per year. As is the case in several postcolonial African cities, the original urban plan and infrastructure, which did not progress beyond the colonial era due to the subsequent period of instability, is not able to sustain the growing number of people inhabiting the city today. For example, there is currently a shortage of affordable housing; according the Kampala City Council Authority, slums account for over 50% of the city's housing stock.

The research examines urban development in Kampala and asks the question ‘What is the African City’, exploring spatial, social and economic networks specific to Kampala. Current research often describes the African City as complex, representing both challenges and opportunities. What is evident is that African cities are growing and changing in ways that are yet to be defined.

 View of downtown from Tank Hill
       
     

View of downtown from Tank Hill

 Typical Street: Formal
       
     

Typical Street: Formal

 Typical Street: Informal
       
     

Typical Street: Informal

 Traffic: Selling in the street
       
     

Traffic: Selling in the street