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WATCH: How African cities have grown over 200 years




How has the urban land area of several of Africa’s major cities grown over the last 200 years? These visuals prepared by the NYU Stern Urbanization Project using data compiled by Shlomo Angel, Jason Parent, Daniel Civco, and Alejandro Blei for The Atlas of Urban Expansion and published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. According to the NYU Stern Urbanization Project , the world’s urban population will more than double between 2010 and 2110.  After 2110, urban growth will largely level off. This presents a window of opportunity in which countries and cities can shape urbanization in ways that improve the quality of life for billions of people,

LAGOS (1850 – )

JOHANNESBURG (1900 – )

NAIROBI (1906 – )

CAIRO (1800 – 

ALGIERS (1800 – 

ACCRA (1903 – )

Visualizations prepared by IMAGINARIA3D in Quito, Ecuador (imaginaria3d.com).

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Rashiq Fataar

Founder and MD at Future Cape Town

Rashiq Fataar is the founder, Editor in Chief and Managing Director of Future Cape Town.