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Voices of the city: Katinka Bester | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

“Its home and it honestly is the place that makes me feel like my dreams can come true.”
This week we meet Cape Town photographer Katinka Bester whose intimate photographic journey takes us all on a quest for moody landscapes and uniquely beautiful faces.

 
 
 
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Why privatising public land in Cape Town needs a rethink| FUTURE CAPE TOWN

A number of City and provincial-owned properties close to the economic opportunities of the central city have recently been earmarked for sale. This sparked renewed discussions on the privatisation of public land. Sean Dayton explores the reasons why this is such an important issue.

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EVENT | The future of public space II : Design by Activism

The second event in the series ‘The future of public space’ will consider the role and impact of activism in the shaping the future of public spaces in South Africa and the potential for sustainable, long-term, systemic change.

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Co-designing the future of Trafalgar Park with Square One Landscape Architects | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

Mark Saint Pôl of Square One Landscape Architects explains how Trafalgar Park, the 3 hectare park located between Woodstock and District 6, presented “a unique opportunity to create a unifying civic space in a physically and financially divided community”.

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WATCH: Extreme Urbanism III- Planning for Conservation: Looking at Agra | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

Harvard GSD Options Studio students explore planning for conservation in Agra and explore how to sustainably integrate tourism, local communities and cultural heritage.

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Rethinking the future of public space at South Africa’s largest transport node : A new public for Park Station| FUTURE JOBURG

Julie-Ann Tyler, a recent masters student in Architecture, based her thesis on creating “The New Public” in which she investigates ways of re-appropriating Park Station public space and new programming that can exist in this specific context.

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The future of city energy systems : Beyond minimising energy use | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

New York City’s 10-year plan to improve the energy efficiency by reducing building-based emissions 30% by 2025

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Voices of the city : Misha Teasdale | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

“I feel like we are innovating all over the place. Like we are a melting pot of creative cultures all making epic things happen.”

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WATCH : Making Urbanism Work for Africa

Africa’s urban population is set to double within the next 25 years. Cities’ populations are growing while the urban landscape is sprawling and manufacturing markets are not keep up to the employment supply. But there is opportunity to learn.

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Why informal settlement upgrading and partnerships are working : From Nairobi to Cape Town | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

In February 2016 the Kenyan SDI Alliance together with an official from the nearby Kiambu County Government visited the South African SDI Alliance on a learning exchange in Cape Town to share experiences regarding informal settlement upgrading. Yolande Hendler (on behalf of CORC) reports on the exchange.

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WATCH: Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

A photographic exhibition of Chinese urbanism in Africa. This exhibition was open to the public with the aims of broadening one’s knowledge on the China-Africa relationship with regards to the impact China has on the African continent.

Counterspace: A new way of practising architecture| Future Cape Town

“Architecture can be derived from anywhere; personal interests, behaviour of people, societal trends or the logic within science.”

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Voices Of The City: Ladipo Eso | FUTURE LAGOS

“Emotions run high in Lagos and you are always driven to feel angry, or frustrated, but it takes a lot of personal effort to channel that into some kind of creativity.”
This week we meet with Ladipo Eso, the Lagos-based rapper who channels his experiences of the city into creative vignettes and wordplay.

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How cities can achieve 100% renewable energy : Cities for climate at COP21 in Paris | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

COP21 amplify the leadership of local governments and their important role for combating climate change.

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WATCH : Informal Settlement Upgrading with Empower Shack

The Empower Shack project is directed by Urban-Think Tank and the local NGO Ikhayalami in collaboration with the BT-Section community and associated local and international partners. The project aims to develop a comprehensive and sustainable informal settlement upgrading through addressing specific core components. There is an ongoing pilot phase is focused on a cluster of 68 houses within the BT-Section of Khayelitsha to be completed in 2017.

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EVENT : The Future of Public Space I : African cities and public spaces

Future Cape Town, and the Urban Design Institute of South Africa (UDISA) present the event series ‘The future of public space’. On Monday, 04 April, the first series will be held at 71 Hout st and will address the topic of the Future of Public Space through presentations, short films, and a panel discussion.

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Architecture for the future : 5 inspiring architects and buildings | Future Cape Town

Our team reflects on Architizer’s “10 Firms to Watch in 2016” and discuss how the ideas projected by 5 of these firms could provide us with a glimpse into the role of architecture in the future. As well as what these ideas could mean for future South African cities.

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Voices of the city: Thozama Mputa | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

This weeks voice of the city is Thozama Mputa, a visual artist who explores a variety of techniques in her visual arts pieces, specifically experimenting with these in her portraiture.

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What to do about the Good Hope Centre : Towards a new framework for public assets | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

In January 2016 the City of Cape Town extended the temporary leasing period of the Good Hope Centre for an additional three years. Leasing the public space to a private film company has caused many question the future of the building as well the non-financial value of public assets.

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Are our parks designed for crime? The case of Rhodes Park | FUTURE JOBURG

Public parks should be accessible to all citizens, but what is to be done when these spaces become unsafe? Kira Kemper reflects on these issues in the light of the tragic events at Rhodes Park, Johannesburg.