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    Serious games
     

    Real-life development through serious gaming

     
    Marcus Vlaar, creative director of Ranj Serious Games, wrapped up our Serious Games session. He explained that the use of gaming is in one’s ability to arrive at new solutions (but also to reveal new problems) that one may not have arrived at from more traditional methods of thinking. The objective of serious games is [...]

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    Part 2
     

    Serious about green roofs: 4 cities embracing green roofs

    The second part of the four part series, “Serious about Green Roofs” provides a series of international case studies from cities across the world. Tune in next week to look at green roofs from a local context.

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    July 23, 2014 · 2 Comments · All, Architecture

    CTICC expansion construction underway

    The expansion of the CTICC will go ahead despite the results of a forensic investigation by the City of Cape Town into the tender award process. The winning design team for the CTICC expansion includes Makeka Design Lab, VDMMA and Stauch Vorster.

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    July 23, 2014 · 1 Comment · All, Cities, Community, Public Space

    Serious Games for urban planning

    Part II of our gaming workshop looks at how serious games can be used to conceptualise urban planning without consequences. Take a look at one innovative company, Tygron, and their simulation models used to bring planners, developers, and the government together.

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    July 17, 2014 · 0 Comments · All, Cities, Community, Economy

    Food Security in the South African Context

    Department of Design hosted a food security workshop aimed at conceptualising key areas in which food production can be improved. Our review highlights key opinions from a variety of participants.

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    Provenance Auction House
     
    July 6, 2014 · 0 Comments · All, Around the World

    Public lectures at Department of Design

    Read here about Department of Design’s exciting series of free public lectures, starting on Wednesday, July 9th at the Provenance Auction House in Gardens.

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    July 1, 2014 · 1 Comment · All, Public Space

    WATCH: What if Cape Town knocked down its freeways?

    What are some ways in which downtown Cape Town can be re-imagined? A few key changes could fundamentally change the way the Cape Town bowl is integrated in with the harbour and sea. WATCH this bold idea to reclaim the harbour.

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    Design Cities World Cup
     
    June 25, 2014 · 0 Comments · All

    Event: Design, Cities and The World Cup

    Join us for DESIGN, CITIES AND THE WORLD CUP which will present a critical dialogue and discussion on the role of the World Cup and other mega events.THURSDAY, 3 JULY | 08:30 – 13:00 | CAPE TOWN LODGE | 101 BUITENGRACHT STREET

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    May 19, 2014 · 0 Comments · All

    How will the Dutch help co-create a better Cape Town?

    Department of Design opens on 8 July 2014 in 8 Vrede Street, in the Central Business District of Cape Town as the main highlight of the Dutch programme for World Design Capital 2014.

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    April 22, 2013 · 0 Comments · All

    Join our team: internships open

    Interested in joining our growing team? The future is calling you so apply today.

Latest Entries

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The World’s Tallest Slum: Relocations begin

Thousands of residents of the world’s largest vertical slum in Venezuela are being relocated, as Chinese investors express interest in the building.

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Producing energy from waste treatment

Aquest Colsen technologies have ambitious goals of making waste water treatment plants into energy producers, reducing dependence of cities on energy suppliers.

Cape Town

Watch: What will South Africa look like by 2030?

What are the current challenges South Africa faces, and in the face of such issues, what might our country look like in 16 years? The following short clip provides an overview of South Africa’s current state and predicts a future of increased socioeconomic progress.

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Can preparing for Climate Change have social benefits?

Our climate change workshop addresses the current state of climate change for Cape Town. Panelists explain what changes will occur to the city in the face of climate change, and outline steps that can be taken in order to mitigate its consequences.

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Voices of the City: Lola Adefope

This week Voices of the City features Lola Adefope, a creative soul who calls Lagos her home.

Collaborative mural by local and international artists

Local artist Grant Jurius leads community initiative showcasing street art in Woodstock

Since 2011, the street art scene in the Cape Town suburb of Woodstock has witnessed a major renaissance.

Serious games

Real-life development through serious gaming

 
Marcus Vlaar, creative director of Ranj Serious Games, wrapped up our Serious Games session. He explained that the use of gaming is in one’s ability to arrive at new solutions (but also to reveal new problems) that one may not have arrived at from more traditional methods of thinking. The objective of serious games is [...]

Part 2

Serious about green roofs: 4 cities embracing green roofs

The second part of the four part series, “Serious about Green Roofs” provides a series of international case studies from cities across the world. Tune in next week to look at green roofs from a local context.

CTICC-Expansion-View-from-Heerengracht-Circle-towards-entrance

CTICC expansion construction underway

The expansion of the CTICC will go ahead despite the results of a forensic investigation by the City of Cape Town into the tender award process. The winning design team for the CTICC expansion includes Makeka Design Lab, VDMMA and Stauch Vorster.

tygron

Serious Games for urban planning

Part II of our gaming workshop looks at how serious games can be used to conceptualise urban planning without consequences. Take a look at one innovative company, Tygron, and their simulation models used to bring planners, developers, and the government together.

New cities summit

Watch: New Cities Summit aims to re-imagine cities

Check out a short video review of this year’s New Cities Summit held in Dallas, Texas.

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Using games to re-imagine Khayelitsha’s central business district

 

 
 

The subject of focus for the Play the City workshop was the central business district of Khayelitsha, South Africa’s second largest township. Khayelitsha represents a unique case due to its virtual lack of urban planning, public amenities or a city centre.
Despite over 400,000 people living within its borders, the district faces resource shortages, a lack of formal [...]

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Designing better water health for the Liesbeek

A hands-on, creative approach to understanding the Liesbeek River region’s needs shows the benefits of collaboration, and a need to grow awareness of the area.

Urban homeless

Can a global city be good to locals?

Creating better lives for citizens should be on the agenda of every Mayor, but making sure that changes to a city are inclusive may be more complex. In this series Sharyn Sassen explores how our city’s strategies for progress can aggravate the marginalisation and compromise the well-being of its vulnerable citizens.

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Watch: New Cities Summit aims to re-imagine cities
July 22, 2014 · 0 Comments

Watch: New Cities Summit aims to re-imagine cities

Check out a short video review of this year’s New Cities Summit held in Dallas, Texas.

On Johannesburg | William Kentridge: Anything is Possible
June 12, 2014 · 0 Comments

On Johannesburg | William Kentridge: Anything is Possible

In this video produced by Art21, William Kentridge describes Johannesburg, providing a social and historical background for his animated films.

January 21, 2014 · 0 Comments

WATCH: “Do it yourself”, a new vision for urban design practice

With World Design Capital, Cape Town 2014 underway, watch alternative urban design practices in American cities exploring inspirational possibilities for your own city.

Bold City: Public Transport Accessibility
December 17, 2013 · 0 Comments

Bold City: Public Transport Accessibility

A presentation by Frank Cummings outlining the interconnections between housing and accessible transport solutions in Cape Town.

June 25, 2013 · 4 Comments

3 SA initiatives giving Cape Town a run for its money

Capetonians are well known for being immensely proud of our city, often bragging about the fact that Cape Town is leagues above the rest (in several respects, well, it just is). However, before we too hastily polish our halos, it’s time to examine 3 exciting new projects that have taken off elsewhere in the country that Cape Town should be learning from.

Creative Gravitation in Berlin
June 5, 2013 · 0 Comments

Creative Gravitation in Berlin

Vivien Park writes about the exploration of Berlin as an environment for creating and expanding the infrastructure for cultural exchange. “In the Belly of A Whale,” a documentary by Andreas Lamoth and Frederic Leitzke, provides a close look at the creative gravitational forces of Berlin, where culture producers of many different kinds have found a place.

100 Urban Interventions in 1 Day
April 25, 2013 · 1 Comments

100 Urban Interventions in 1 Day

There’s a limit to the amount of physical change one person or a small group of people can initiate in a city, but what if hundreds of citizens united, each putting in place the projects and changes they want to see in their city all on the same day? That’s the goal of 100en1día (100 in 1 day) – a social movement originating from Bogotá, Colombia, which aims to inspire citizen driven change on a significant scale, transforming cities over a 24 hour period.

http://www.mixcloud.com/dpuucl/future-african-cities-the-new-post-colonialism/
April 15, 2013 · 0 Comments

Future African Cities: The new post-colonialisation

A recent lecture by Vanessa Watson of the African Centre for Cities questions how many of the latest master-planning proposals for rapidly developing African Cities are at best fictional renderings of false utopias, and at worst artefacts of a new type of exploitative and damaging property-development.

April 12, 2013 · 0 Comments

“Manhattan Landmarks”: The Third Avenue Line (El), circa 1954

Recently released public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archive reveals the IRT Third Avenue Line, commonly known as the Third Avenue El. An elevated railway in Manhattan and the Bronx, New York City, With first segments of the line opened in Manhattan in 1878 and closed completely after the 1960s, watch this video and take a trip down memory lane.

April 5, 2013 · 1 Comments

WATCH: Transit Patterns: San Francisco

Over the course of 24 hours, Schema Design visualizes the public transportation ridership in San Francisco.

February 14, 2013 · 0 Comments

Watch: Vertical Expectations – The Shard, London

A short documentary about the impact which The Shard will have on the surrounding areas as well as greater London when it opens its doors this month.

How can we bring people into public spaces?
January 25, 2013 · 0 Comments

How can we bring people into public spaces?

In the Dynamic Public Spaces Workshop held by the MIT Senseable City Lab, in collaboration with the Austrian Institute of Technology, participants experimented with changing public spaces with the help of image processing, environmental sensors, and social media analysis.

December 19, 2012 · 0 Comments

Jane Jacobs: Neighbourhoods in Action

Iconic urbanist, the late Jane Jacobs, talks about fostering active, healthy communities.

December 19, 2012 · 1 Comments

Placemaking & Seattle

This great little video touches on the idea of placemaking, specifically with opportunities for better “place” in Seattle. The points mentioned are worth noting, and can certainly be applicable to other cities, including Cape Town. At the heart of placemaking is creating places for people to use and interact. One of the people featured in [...]

November 26, 2012 · 0 Comments

Mega-events and citizens

Is there a link between mega-events and human rights? Jay Naidoo and Danny Jordaan discuss the aspects of mega-events which impact on human development.

November 20, 2012 · 0 Comments

Pretoria’s BRT System: How will it work?

Pretoria’s new BRT system is in planning, and this video covers some of the main features.

November 4, 2012 · 0 Comments

Rio de Janeiro – A city leaps forward

Rio de Janeiro is getting ready to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

October 3, 2012 · 0 Comments

Sydney, a city with two voices

Getting a city behind a common vision is a challenge, and one Sydney is facing head on.

September 28, 2012 · 0 Comments

Watch: Singapore Timelapse – The Lion City

Singapore, a true Lion amongst the world’s cities, is captured in this magical timelapse video.

September 22, 2012 · 0 Comments

London’s new landmark unveiled

London’s new landmark, The Crystal, is unveiled in spectacular fashion.

September 20, 2012 · 0 Comments

Watch: Schools in the Cape Flats by Neuro Wolff at Venice Biennale 2010

After watching Heinrich Wolff’s presentation at Design Indaba 2012 about school architecture, I followed up on his the videos he mentioned that was made for the Venice Biennale 2010.

September 18, 2012 · 0 Comments

Watch: Tokyo Timelapse

A timelapse video of Tokyo, a thriving metropolis and global icon.

September 13, 2012 · 2 Comments

Jo Noero’s Common Ground / Different Worlds at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennial

Brett Petzer writes about Jo Noero’s exhibit at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia. Noero was the only African invited to this prestigious event which runs until 25 November 2012 in Venice, Italy.

September 10, 2012 · 0 Comments

Watch: Anya Van Der Merwe on a future Cape Town architecture

Anya speaks about architecture in South Africa

August 29, 2012 · 0 Comments

World Urban Forum 6: Naples, Italy

[ September 1, 2012 to September 7, 2012. ] The World Urban Forum comes to Naples, Italy from 1 – 7 September, with the theme “The Urban Future”

August 26, 2012 · 0 Comments

13th Venice Architecture Biennale: Preview by Archdaily

The 13th Venice Architecture Biennale is about to start, opening to the public on August 29th. ArchDaily presents a video preview.

August 7, 2012 · 0 Comments

In 180 seconds: Barcelona’s Olympic transformation

Watch a 3 minute “time-lapse” of Barcelona’s urban and physical transformation before the 1992 Olympic Games.

August 3, 2012 · 0 Comments

Sounds of the city. Cape Town vignette on National Geographic

What does Cape Town sound like?

August 2, 2012 · 4 Comments

Our Top 5 Olympic Venues

Future Cape Town’s Rob Bowen lays out our top 5 favourite venues set to host events at the London Olympics 2012.

July 31, 2012 · 0 Comments

Creating vibrant public space in Cape Town

How can we create a more liveable city through the effective design, development and management of our public spaces? This was the question posed at the 2012 Central City Partners Forum, attended by Future Cape Town.

July 26, 2012 · 0 Comments

Will London 2012 be the first sustainable Olympics ever?

Will London 2012 be the first sustainable Olympics ever? A look at the green side of the London 2012 Olympic Park. CNN’s Erin McLaughlin reports.

July 23, 2012 · 0 Comments

Helsinki’s Lightshow Silo

Cape Town will hopefully bring us some exciting projects and spaces during World Design Capital 2014. Here’s a project currently underway in Helsinki for World Design Capital 2012.

July 22, 2012 · 1 Comments

London’s Olympic Park

Take an animated fly-through of the London 2012 Olympic Park, ahead of the start of the Games on 27 July. It is one of the largest urban parks created in Europe for more than 150 years.

July 16, 2012 · 0 Comments

Watch: Cape Town officially becomes World Design Capital 2014!

Watch the signing of the Host City Agreement between the City of Cape Town and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), officially making Cape Town the World Design Capital for 2014.

July 11, 2012 · 0 Comments

Paris City Council approves Roland Garros expansion

The Paris City Council has approved the expansion of the Roland Garros tennis complex. Almost an entire century has elapsed since the construction of the original stadium!

July 11, 2012 · 0 Comments

Jan Gehl: An Urban Design Master

One of the grandfathers of contemporary urban design theory, Jan Gehl has dedicated himself to making cities better places for people to live in for some fifty years.

June 26, 2012 · 0 Comments

Brazil Stadia Report #6

Our last Brazil Stadia post looks at the progress of construction in Porto Alegre and Recife.

June 22, 2012 · 0 Comments

Brazil Stadia Report #5

In conjunction with our Rio+20 coverage, Future Cape Town looks at the progress of stadia under construction in Brazil in anticipation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

June 21, 2012 · 0 Comments

Brazil Stadia Report #4

In conjunction with our Rio+20 coverage, Future Cape Town looks at the progress of stadia under construction in Brazil in anticipation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

June 20, 2012 · 0 Comments

Brazil Stadia Report #3

In conjunction with our Rio+20 coverage, Future Cape Town looks at the progress of stadia under construction in Brazil in anticipation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

June 19, 2012 · 0 Comments

Brazil Stadia Report #2

In conjunction with our Rio+20 coverage, Future Cape Town looks at the progress of stadia under construction in Brazil in anticipation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

June 18, 2012 · 0 Comments

Brazil Stadia Report #1

In conjunction with our Rio+20 coverage, Future Cape Town looks at the progress of stadia under construction in Brazil in anticipation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Our first report comes from the state capital of Belo Horizonte:
Belo Horizonte: 58% complete

Slated to host six World Cup matches, including one of the semi-finals and the first [...]

May 31, 2012 · 0 Comments

SPAZA Living Lab tests the water for 2014 World Design Capital vision

In May 2012, the Spaza LIving Lab event looked at how temporary urban interventions could possibly change Cape Town, in the lead up to the 2014 Spaza Urban Innovation Festival. The teams visited Philippi and Du Noon, while the Your City Idea voting installation, and Harrington Hollow was showcased in The Fringe.

May 30, 2012 · 0 Comments

See and Watch: Cape Town’s new buses unveiled

The City of Cape Town introduced its first custom-built 9-metre feeder bus in its special MyCiTi livery on Wednesday 30 May 2012.

April 5, 2012 · 0 Comments

WATCH: Video fly-through of MoDILA. Cape Town’s Guggenheim?

“Whilst architects have retained their traditional strength of cultural and aesthetic formal considerations, they have lost their numeracy and the ability to demonstrate that architectural intention and performance need not be diametrically opposed concerns, and in a nation which is still largely design illiterate, the price that society pays for ill conceived and overly simplified solutions [...]

April 3, 2012 · 0 Comments

Bus to Work. Cycle to work. Woolworths helping to Inspire a more Liveable City

We were so impressed by these short, simple videos created by Woolworths employees, that we felt that we had to share them with all our readers. Our mission, to Inspire a more liveable City, requires a joint effort from all sectors, societies, organizations and individuals, through dynamic partnerships. These videos by Woolworths are an example [...]

March 24, 2012 · 0 Comments

Video-infographic: How can water & santitation change Africa?

How can Water & Sanitation change Africa?
Presented by the Institute for Security Studies and the Pardee Center for International Futures. Read the full publication at the Institute for Security Studies website. Publication: African Futures Policy Brief No 1 – Taps and Toilets
Produced by Cape Town based film production company, Echo Ledge Productions, who are based [...]

March 23, 2012 · 0 Comments

A video showcasing the proposed expansion plans of the Cape Town Internati

A video showcasing the proposed expansion plans of the Cape Town International Convention Center.
The winning teams and initial designs for this grand project of the Cape Town foreshore area was announced yesterday, 22 March 2012.
The architecture team features Makeka Design Lab, Van der Merwe Miszewski Architects and Stauch Vorster Architects.

September 4, 2011 · 0 Comments

Lessons for Cape Town to approach global events like the Olympic Games

How can Cape Town learn from cities which have already hosted the Olympic Games?

July 19, 2011 · 0 Comments

A mini day in the life of Cape Town

A short film showcasing a ‘mini day’ in the life of Cape Town.

July 2, 2011 · 1 Comments

Surviving as a student bicyclist

I have always advocated the use of bicycles and others forms of transport to reduced our carbon footprints (well mostly in my head) and to skip traffic. However, I never really bicycled and did the things I was advocating with regards to using other forms of transport.
INSPIRED BY EUROPE
That all changed when I travelled around [...]

March 21, 2011 · 0 Comments

Watch: Timelapse of Cape Town Stadium filling up for U2 Concert

Wow.
Timelapse of Cape Town Stadium filling up for U2 concert by wildimages

March 21, 2011 · 0 Comments

Watch: Cape Town International Airport Timelapse

Cape Town International Airport Time-lapse Video by ShortFinalTV

December 15, 2010 · 0 Comments

Fly-through animation of Cape Town International Airport

Fly-through animation of Cape Town International Airport completed in 2009.

  • Watch: New Cities Summit aims to re-imagine cities
  • On Johannesburg | William Kentridge: Anything is Possible
  • WATCH: “Do it yourself”, a new vision for urban design practice
  • Bold City: Public Transport Accessibility
  • 3 SA initiatives giving Cape Town a run for its money
  • Creative Gravitation in Berlin
  • 100 Urban Interventions in 1 Day
  • Future African Cities: The new post-colonialisation
  • “Manhattan Landmarks”: The Third Avenue Line (El), circa 1954
  • WATCH: Transit Patterns: San Francisco
  • Watch: Vertical Expectations – The Shard, London
  • How can we bring people into public spaces?
  • Jane Jacobs: Neighbourhoods in Action
  • Placemaking & Seattle
  • Mega-events and citizens
  • Pretoria’s BRT System: How will it work?
  • Rio de Janeiro – A city leaps forward
  • Sydney, a city with two voices
  • Watch: Singapore Timelapse – The Lion City
  • London’s new landmark unveiled
  • Watch: Schools in the Cape Flats by Neuro Wolff at Venice Biennale 2010
  • Watch: Tokyo Timelapse
  • Jo Noero’s Common Ground / Different Worlds at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennial
  • Watch: Anya Van Der Merwe on a future Cape Town architecture
  • World Urban Forum 6: Naples, Italy
  • 13th Venice Architecture Biennale: Preview by Archdaily
  • In 180 seconds: Barcelona’s Olympic transformation
  • Sounds of the city. Cape Town vignette on National Geographic
  • Our Top 5 Olympic Venues
  • Creating vibrant public space in Cape Town
  • Will London 2012 be the first sustainable Olympics ever?
  • Helsinki’s Lightshow Silo
  • London’s Olympic Park
  • Watch: Cape Town officially becomes World Design Capital 2014!
  • Paris City Council approves Roland Garros expansion
  • Jan Gehl: An Urban Design Master
  • Brazil Stadia Report #6
  • Brazil Stadia Report #5
  • Brazil Stadia Report #4
  • Brazil Stadia Report #3
  • Brazil Stadia Report #2
  • Brazil Stadia Report #1
  • SPAZA Living Lab tests the water for 2014 World Design Capital vision
  • See and Watch: Cape Town’s new buses unveiled
  • WATCH: Video fly-through of MoDILA. Cape Town’s Guggenheim?
  • Bus to Work. Cycle to work. Woolworths helping to Inspire a more Liveable City
  • Video-infographic: How can water & santitation change Africa?
  • A video showcasing the proposed expansion plans of the Cape Town Internati
  • Lessons for Cape Town to approach global events like the Olympic Games
  • Surviving as a student bicyclist