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Urban Innovations

Researching and documenting innovative responses to urban pressures

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Geci Karuri-Sebina, Thembani Mkhize, Jerome Kaplan, Bronwyn Kotzen, Samuel Suttner, Tsepang Leuta, Julia Letang, Marijana Novak, Joanna Glanville, Nonjabulo Zondi, Adone Kitching, Chido Muzondo, Azra Rajab

01 November 2018

Margot Rubin, Philip Harrison


uKESA Librarian 2


United States of America, United Kingdom, South Africa, Kenya

This publication provides an overview of the theory and practice of urban innovation together with perspectives, trends and international experiences in this area. The publication seeks to stimulate debate and creative thinking around different approaches to dealing with every day urban challenges by presenting a collection of potetnially replicable local and international case studies.


The release of the publication illustrates what can be achieved when various spheres of government, together with an academic institution and a range of other actors, partner to think creatively and constructively about a set of issues facing cities and city regions.


Through this partnership, young researchers were appointed to write up an innovative approach to dealing with an urban challenge of their choice, and as a result covered a range of topics. Five of the nine case studies presented are South African innovations, while two explore the replicability of innovations from Kenya in the South African context. The remaining cases include one UK and one US based case study.


Based on the Foreword to the book.


The book is available for download in sections:

Built environment



Human settlements





Poverty & inequality

Social facilities

Solid waste

South Africa


United Kingdom

United States of America


Water and sanitation

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