Iconic Urban Design In Sudan

Iconic Urban Design In Sudan

An optimistic plan to create unusual animal and fruit shaped cities.

Claudia Cukrov
  • 7 september 2010


Sudan has unveiled plans to redesign a number of its cities into the shape of animals. The southern capital of Juba – reportedly one of the fastest growing cities in the world, is to be relocated and restructured into the shape of a rhinoceros, with the city’s regional president taking up office in the ‘beast’s eye.’  Wau – the capital of the south-westerly state of West Bahr al Ghazal, will be shuffled around to create a giraffe, it’s sewerage-treatment plant sitting aptly beneath the tail.  The town of Yambio is also up for a re-structure but unlike the other cities, it’s set to become a pineapple.

Aiming to mimic the area’s flag, the ten-billion-dollar plan currently  is not definite, with Southern Sudan still to raise funds for the project.

BBC Africa reports:

The reason for these shapes is not entirely illogical – they match the symbols that appear on the flags of southern Sudan’s states.

But how will the authorities raise the $10bn they say they need to make this plan a reality? They say they are talking to investors but it is all a bit vague.

Although there is plenty of oil in southern Sudan, people there are extremely poor.

The United Nations says more than 90% of the population lives on less than a dollar a day.

The plans for the new cities perhaps reflect the heady optimism of a potential new independent South Sudan, but whether they will ever get beyond the drawing board is another matter.

[via SuperColossal]

BBC Africa: “Southern Sudan unveils plans for animal-shaped cities”


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