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Urban Planning in the Municipality of Praia 1970–2020


Year published: 2022
Categories: Book Chapter
URL Link: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-031-05847-9_7

Author / Authors:

  • Rafael J. Rocha Fernandes


Part of the Local and Urban Governance book series (LUG)


The aim of this chapter is to examine the history of urban and spatial planning in the municipality of Praia, in Cape Verde, in the period from 1970 to 2020. It seeks to learn from this experience and to extract lessons for the future of spatial planning in the municipality of Praia. It starts with a brief reference to the antecedents of urban plans in the last decades of the colonial period. In the post-colonial phase, from 1975 to 2020, the analysis is centered on the existing dichotomy between the two main defining modalities of municipal management practice and the reality of City of Praia in the period under analysis: Formal Urbanism and Informal Urbanism, which shapes and characterizes the city today. In this sense, the chapter explores and analyses spatial planning and urban management in formal urban areas and in the informal urban areas, as complementary forms of occupation and structuring of the territory of the municipality of Praia. The chapter describes and analyses the situation at independence, taking as reference the last five years of the colonial period (with brief reference to the antecedents), and takes as time periods of reference, after the independence, the 1st Republic, from 1975 to 1991 (single-party regime), and the 2nd Republic after that date until 2020 (democratic regime, since 1991).

Urban and spatial planning,
Formal urbanism,
Informal urbanism,
Municipality of Praia,
Cape Verde,


  • Book Chapter