Exploring the complexity of urban development in African cities.

UrbanAfrica is a student-led organization in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is constituted as a space to explore research and practice-based interests, generate academic discussion, and elevate the analysis of Africa cities within DUSP and MIT more broadly. We do this through organizing public events, academic discussions on thematic and regional concerns specific to the African context, supporting research and practice-based initiatives and extending institutional linkages to African based groups. All members of the MIT community are welcome to attend and participate in UrbanAfrica events, as well as the broader community.

  • Establish an intellectual space that elevates African urbanism and development to inform and engage planning thought and practice.

  • Convene and develop a community of research and practice, anchored in planning discourse, around the challenges and opportunities of African urbanism.