Forum: Interfacing Law, Planning and Architecture

A forum for discussion and understanding and perhaps arriving at resolutions regarding the state of processes for approval of applications for planning and building permiaaions in Botswana in early 2020.


Very light precis by David Young of advice given by S Mathe:

ARC was concerned at a circular from DTRP and tried without success to meet the Director and discuss.

Wrote to PS Lands.

A second circular was sent out.

ARC drafted an interdisciplinary framework and tried to persue the matter with Director, without success.

Correspondence has been sent by ARC, and no response received.

Notes from Luc VandeCasteele


  • Which law forces architects to use planners for their submissions for change of land use ?

    Laws are enacted by Parliament and NOT by the Government. Any instructions / decrees that the Council want to enforce are unenforceable in Court.

  • Planners are unable to argue the architects plans before the Board.

  • A planner is advising the Board second hand as he/she is usually not aware of the intricacies of the development and thus unable to adequately argue it before a set of sometimes unqualified members of the board.

  • Planners are tra.ned in 2D and unable to grasp 3D implications of planning

  • Because their lack of 3D understanding several perfectly Ok plans were disapproved.

  • Air rights are still unknown to them.

  • The concept of sectional title and its benefits escape most planners.

  • Our planners have singlehandedly created a traffic monster and are doing their ultimate to maintain the status-quo.

Proposal :

  • Every architect is allowed to argue his developments, on behalf of himself, or his client, to the Planning approval Authority.

  • Every planning Authority shall have a majority of qualified personnel that is either planner of architect. Whilst a Councillor is allowed, the lay persons MUST be in the minority and every project is voted by simple majority.

  • Physical planners at any Council, as well as Architects shall be fully qualified and approved by their relevant Authority as such.

  • Planning principles are NOT static and

    the Authority shall evaluate every proposal on its merit, whilst taking cognisance of the latest developments in city planning.

  • Gaborone deserves dynamic planning that is aware of and plans for :

  • The very fast urbanisation of Africa.

  • The ever-changing transportation problems

  • To embrace the fast technological changes like e-mail Wi-Fi, VR reality , Al...

  • Welcome the new methods of transportation as a means to avoid traffic congestion.

  • Protection of the environment by intensifying the already used land and stop the urban sprawl.

  • Reduce dependency on motorised traffic

  • Rewarr's,, by mans of tax

incent, ✓es, intensification of land use.

  • Forward thinking and embracing

  • future technologies.

  • Promote public transport and investigate making it completely free, as in Luxembourg


Consider Brasilia



Central area for 500,000 people


Congress, part of the place of 3 powers


Brasilia metro is 'overpopulated', breaking aspects of the central area planning

Brasilia notes by David Young

Wikipedia article is at