Spatial planning, infrastructure and implementation: Implications for planning school curricula

  • Garth Klein University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Neil Klug University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Alison Todes University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Keywords: planning curricula, spatial planning skills education, spatial planning knowledge education, University of the Witwatersrand


Infrastructure plays key roles in shaping the spatial form of the city at a macro- and a more local scale, and it influences the sustainability, efficiency and inclusiveness of cities and local areas. Linking infrastructure and spatial planning is therefore critical. Wide-ranging sets of knowledge and skills are required to enable planners to make these links, from technical knowledge of different types of infrastructure delivery systems, institutions and finance, to normative dimensions, such as sustainability, inclusion, liveability, efficiency, and their spatial implications, to socio-political, governance and institutional dimensions, such as the politics of decision-making, community participation, and negotiation. A matrix of knowledge and skills is produced, and the way these fields of study have been taken up in the undergraduate/honours planning programme at the University of the Witwatersrand is explored. The teaching methodologies and approaches which might be used to address these issues are discussed.


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