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Research outputs: URBAN AREAS

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2021 COVID-19 hits poor urban communities hardest

A central feature of the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been its uniform, place-blind character. The lockdown was applie...

2021 Inequality and urban density: socio-economic drivers of uneven densification in Cape Town

Global policies promote urban compaction to achieve sustainable development. This article highlights the limits of analysing densification a...

2021 Can social housing help to integrate divided cities?

Social housing has the potential to contribute to economic inclusion and urban integration if it is well-located. However, this is complicat...

2021 Placing smart cities: framework and approach

In recent years, South African debate about smart-city development has tended to peak at the time of the annual State of the Nation (SONA) a...