Trend Monitoring Report: Satellite cities

Satellite Cities is a good example of an interesting trend - an equivalent but seemingly uncoordinated response to the urbanisation challenge (there is no indication that the region's governments and city managers all met and agreed to deploy satellite cities as one solution to the problem). Cities in the Greater Horn of Eastern Africa are complex systems with a significant degree of self-organisation in the way they are evolving. Satellite cities are a new development, particularly in their being promoted by business (mostly) as the future of well-organised urban spaces.

They are also broadly coherent in their structures (fairly self-contained), patterns (separate from the 'mother city') and properties (wealthy) across the region. Faced with these drivers and characteristics of urban growth, satellite cities seems to be one way capital cities have responded to the challenge of urbanisation. However, such solution seems to pose a particular risk to the promotion of equitable growth in the region.

Related articleSatellite Cities: Is this the future of East Africa's urbanization? by Ahmed Salim

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  • In this issue:
  • Introduction
  • The Exibits: Tatu city, Nairobi Kenya; Konza technology City, Machakos, Kenya; Kakungulu Satellite city, Kampala, Uganda; Kigamboni Satellite City, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; La Cite due Fleuve (River City), Kinshasa, DR Congo
  • Insights: #1. Satellite cities is the wave of the future; #2. Equity ignored: displacement and relocation; #3. Satellite cities as secession by the rcih.
  • Foresight: GHEA's satellite cities as embryonic Charter Cities.