Blake Robinson is focussing on sustainable opportunities for African cities. Often in the development of these cities, there is still a chance for nature to play a central role. Non-existing transportation and energy infrastructure can be developed in a sustainable way from the ground up.
African cities are among the fastest growing cities in the world, but there is a lack of ideas that envision them as independent from mobility and activities requiring fossil fuels. The problem addressed here is the development and crafting of cities. This is often left to developers who simply copy and paste cityscapes into the African savannah, ignoring the fact that most of the Sub-Saharan urban population lives in slums. The proposal seeks to go beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions by focusing cities less on cars and more on sustainable mobility; it strives for inclusionary cities, using simple and practical approaches. Development towards high-density, mixed use and safe urban streetscapes is featured with forest-like boulevards and vertical greening, that includes local flora and fauna. Recycling of waste and nutrients is facilitated by an innovative infrastructure. The future African city is characterised by an empowered society, infused with the vibrance of the African continent.