The three-part lecture series on public space seeks to promote discourse on the contemporary challenges of the public realm against the backdrop of deepening inequality, fast urbanising cities and increasing socio-economic volatility. It will also seek to explore challenges of the future, where the changing nature of public-private ownership, aritificial intelligence, space travel, 3d printing and manufacturing present scenarios that few working in the field have grappled with.
(Watch the introduction to the series here )
This event 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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Welcome : Hedwig Crooijmans-Lemmer (Urban Designer, GAPP Architects and Urban Designers)
Marcela Guerrero Casas (Co-founder and Managing Director, Open Streets Cape Town)
Title: Streets could be more than they are… the story behind Open Streets in Cape Town
Marco Morgan (Founder, National Skate Collective and Urban Planner)
Title: Beyond the skatepark
Zimkita Booi (Organiser, Ndifuna Ukwazi)
Rashiq Fataar, Director, Future Cape Town
Speakers and panelists
Marcela is passionate about (perhaps obsessed with) streets. Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Marcela lived in the US before moving to South Africa in 2006. Marcela holds a Masters in Public Administration and International Affairs from Syracuse University. In 2012, Marcelahelped co-found Open Streets Cape Town.
Marco Morgan is a skateboarder, urban planner advocating for inclusionary design processes and design of public space. He is the founding member of the advocacy network, National Skate Collective; an organization and network of skaters united in representing and acting on the needs of the skateboarding community.
Rashiq Fataar is an urbanist and the director of Future Cape Town and the Our Future Cities network which includes Future Lagos.