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Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES)


The Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES) is a platform for urban research, learning, and civic engagement located in the School of Architecture and Planning. CUBES’s research focuses on material built-environment issues affecting the poor in cities and towns in South Africa.

CUBES leads research programmes that consider how urban citizens and marginalized peoples are affected by the material realities of cities, built environments at different scales, access to urban goods and spaces, and contestations over urban physical and political orders. CUBES values critical reflection on existing practices of development planning and architecture.


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