The Beeker Method: Planning and Working on the Redevelopment of the African City

Date: Thursday 23 March

Time: 14.00-17.30

Venue: Room 1A20, African Studies Centre Leiden, Pieter de la Court building, Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden, a 5-minute walk from Leiden CS

Coen Beeker is an unsung pioneer within the field of bottom-up and ‘participatory-approach’ to urban planning with over 40 years of experience in Africa. During this seminar, organized in partnership with the African Studies Centre Leiden, we will celebrate the work and thought of Beeker and take a retrospective glance at his achievements and their benefits for contemporary and future urban planners.

The event will also launch a travelling exhibition on Coen Beeker, Urban Fields: Coen Beeker at Work in the African City and a book The Beeker Method. Planning and Working on the Redevelopment of the African City: Retrospective Glances Into the Future with contributions from scholars and practitioners from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Zanzibar and the Netherlands. The seminar will be followed by refreshments.

Speakers at the seminar include:

Coen Beeker, University of Amsterdam
Muhammad Juma, Director of the Department of Urban and Rural Planning, Zanzibar
Joseph Guièbo, Former director of the Direction Générale de l’Urbanisme et de la Topographie, Ouagadougou and UN Habitat expert.
Yolande Lingané, Direction Générale de l'Urbanisme et de la Topographie, Burkina Faso.
Gilbert Kibtonré, Secretary General of the Ministry of Lands and Developemnts in Burkina Faso
Dick van Gameren, Professor of Dwelling, Department of Architecture, TU Delft
Anteneh Tesfaye Tola. Doctoral Candidate, TU Delft.

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