Book published: 2020
The Built Environment in Emerging Economies (BEinEE): Cities, Space And Transformation Series. Volume 1
The editor of the first volume of the book series, The Built Environment in Emerging Economies (BEinEE), which was published in 2020, and titled Cities, Space and Power, presents a concise description of the book in this video. She explains how we have long been concerned about spatial segregation and its implications, believing that cities need to be considered as whole eco-systems and not as fragmented pockets of wealth and poverty.
There are definite overlaps between the interests of the authors of this first volume of the book – despite each handling the theme from different viewpoints, and based on vastly different experiences. The mix of disciplines and interests of the authors (architecture, planning, governance, political and legal history, philosophy, religious and constitutional law) makes for an exciting text, with diverse perspectives. The authors have similar beliefs, values and concerns, yet use different terminologies and frames of reference in addressing the issue of cities and power. All the authors offer, in one form or the other, a criticism of the contemporary production of urban space and cities.
The video also gives a very brief overview of the authors approaches and the four chapters – it is explained that the book is presented, without losing the individual voices of the authors, as one cohesive narrative and an intellectual flow from metaphysical interpretations through to implications for understanding teaching and praxis.
Editor and Presenter: Amira Osman, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Tshwane University of Technology, Tshwane, South Africa