Graduate Scholars Lectureship by Stefan Chavez-Norgaard
As a former apartheid-era South African “Bantustan” capital city, Mmabatho (now Mahikeng) was planned in the 1970s as a receiving site of forced relocation. Its built environment reflected a set of desires for historical top-down planning and political-economic ‘separate development,’ driven by white supremacy, profit, and graft. In many ways Mahikeng’s built environment today still reflects these historic processes of displaced urbanization. Stefan Chavez-Norgaard explores how urban space in Mahikeng was produced and in what ways uses of space today match or diverge from original apartheid-era plans and visions. His presentation examines how various actors have responded to top-down planning and displaced urbanization through subtle and explicit repertoires of struggle.
Stefan Chavez-Norgaardis a PhD Candidate in Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Stefan is passionate about participatory democracy and how cities’ public/private arrangements affect equitable and sustainable urban development. His dissertation examines areas of apartheid-era forced relocation in South Africa and how master plans have been implemented and repurposed in these geographies by residents and planners.