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Culture in Botswana Planning System

Conference contribution
Authors Feras Hammami
Published in IV Nordic Planning Research Symposium, Tromsø , Norway, August 13–15
Publication year 2009
Published at
Language en
Keywords Botswana, planning system, cultural resources, identity, interaction, change and continuity
Subject categories Cultural anthropology, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary, History and Archaeology

Abstract

This paper aims to examine the value of cultural considerations in urban planning and to contribute to the current discussion on Botswana’s planning system. ‘Integrated Conservation’ and ‘Cultural Planning’, as two dominant international streams on culture and planning, are compared with the local context of Botswana to identify possibilities and challenges for the planning review. The Town and Country Planning Act, in addition to two case study areas, is presented to highlight the Botswanan context. The results reveal a distinct need for a shift from ‘planning for culture’ to ‘cultural institutionalisation’, where the traditional division between ‘bottom-up’ and ‘top-down’ urban development tendencies is challenged to allow a wider scale of actors and interests to interact deliberately rather than engage.

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