Exciting developments on the urban planning front, happening in Sudan, of all places:
The authorities in southern Sudan have unveiled a $10bn (£6.4bn) plan to rebuild the region's cities in the shapes of animals and fruit.The creativity and ambitiousness of these designs could wake up our urban planners to possibilities besides light rail trains and sterile modernist blight. Imagine an American city in the shape of Mickey Mouse, or a hamburger. It’s about as likely as the Sudanese getting the $10 billion they need to actually build something.
Elaborate blueprints for the new cities have already been drawn up.
The regional capital, Juba, will be relocated and designed in the shape of a rhinoceros. Wau, the capital of Western Bahr el-Ghazal state, is to be a somewhat unwieldy giraffe…
In Juba, the office of the regional president is situated where the rhinoceros's eye should be.
In Wau, the sewage treatment plant is appropriately placed under the giraffe's tail.
There is talk that the town of Yambio will be shaped like a pineapple.