Urban Planning, Animal Style

Southern Sudan recently unveiled plans to remake its ten state capitals, with an interesting twist: “The $10.1 billion plan proposes remaking cities in Sudan’s south into shapes found on regional flags.? Blueprints and maps illustrate Juba in the shape of a rhinoceros, Yambio fashioned after a pineapple and Wau as a giraffe.” The government believes the redesign will help reinvigorate the region’s cities. “Juba, as an example, is a slum city. So our plan is to create a nuclear city outside Juba,” says Daniel Wani, the Undersecretary for Housing and Physical Planning. “We have been given land 15 kilometers west of Juba by the state, and we met the community, they are excited to give us this land. We call it Rhino City.” (HT: FP Passport) [%comments]


You can do anything with oil money.

Ian Kemmish

Sir Basil Spence laid out the University of Sussex in the shape of a seated cat:


It's facing you, and the left cheek and ear are just above the target circle. Now squint.


What would future archeologist thing?


I can't think of ANYTHING that would go wrong with a centrally-planned Urban Form in a poor African country, especially with how well things worked out in Brasilia. I predict this will become the Monaco of the Sudan!


Brasilia was designed in the shape of a plane


Italy was designed in the shape of a boot.


Am i the only one who was hoping for an In-n-Out tie in after the lede?

Rob Read

@Ian Kemmish

Lovely idea that Sir Basil Spence laid out the University of Sussex campus in the shape of a cat. Actually Dame Sylvia Crowe was the landscape architect with whom he worked. But despite the name, even she didn't stretch that far.

In the early days of the campus as they created the new buildings around the existing downland treescape: the poor cat would have had no head and not much of a body.

What may well give rise to this urban myth is that:

a) Sir Basil did make up all sorts of stories about the remarkable campus buildings he designed - the library looking like books on a shelf, the Arts A entry monolith being a "tuning fork", the main Falmer House being a camera.

b) we had a map of the campus drawn in the 1990s which was used as the main road map - and curiously that came out somewhat in the shape of a cat. It became known as the "cat map".

And so by back formation - the campus was purposely designed that way.

Sadly those cat maps are now overtaken by a new design as we continue to grow and add new buildings:


Maybe it's now more like a Cat with a Hat?