Cityscapes 2: Inside "the World-Class City" (Africa Centre for Cities, Winter 2012)
Cityscapes is a continuous adventure in trying to decipher the
emergent cities of the global south. The magazine understands that with a
constant overflow of dynamics and meaning, it is best to operate in the
zone of juxtaposition, contrast, typology, irony and creative critique.
The cover of issue two features a portrait of Sushma Prasad, an assistant clerk in the Cabinet Secretariat Department in Patna, capital city of the state of Bihar in eastern India. The work, by Dutch photographer Jan Banning, establishes the tone for the two contrary dynamics explored in this issue: bureaucratic inertia and world-class aspirations.Featured in this issue is an in-depth look at Johannesburg’s aspirations to be a “world-class city,” by journalist Kim Gurney, as well as Rahul Mehrotra‘s complimentary look at developments in Bangalore, India. Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina weighs in on a speculative new city outside Nairobi and much more.