14 January 2022

special issue to be launched
at 11th World Urban Forum
Katowice, 26-30 June 2022

A public space in Johannesburg.
Credit: GIZ VCP, Enabling local action to make communities safer.


This special issue on 'Public Space and Placemaking in African Cities' of The Journal of Public Space invites writings, reflections, research, case studies and photo essays related to the cities and public spaces of the African continent. We invite scholars, designers, planners, city practitioners, historians and writers to offer critical and innovative contributions to understanding meanings and practices in plural and diverse African spaces, contexts, climates, regional and local scales, and histories.

This special issue collects both full research articles (max 8.000 words), and shorter essays, case studies and photo essays (max 3.000 words).

This issue will contribute to the establishment of the Centre on African Public Spaces (CAPS), a project initiated by the City of Johannesburg (South Africa) in collaboration with other African cities, universities and community advocacy groups. As a Pan-African urban lab for public space, CAPS will be a home and resource to a community of urban practitioners and thinkers, students, scholars and civil society activists dedicated to connect, exchange experiences, advance knowledge, share resources, grow expertise and mobilize on a wide range of relevant local, regional and global issues.

More information on the Centre on African Public Spaces here.


- Submission of full papers: 1 March 2022
- Comments from peer reviewers sent to authors: 10 April 2022
- Submission of the final paper ready for publication: 30 April 2022
- Publication (expected): June 2022


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