Brett Petzer of Future Cape Town and Olamide Udo-Udoma of Future Lagos reflect on the perceptions and influences on public space in each city, and how their work has been shaped – and whether either city could learn from the other.
South Africa is not a country of cars. In fact, the majority do not own cars. Brett Petzer makes the case for cycling, and why it should matter to the future planning of South African cities.
When one realises that a cycle lane barely wide enough for a car can move as many people as a four-lane highway – and in total silence – it is hard to think of sprawling, car-dependent societies as a utopia of personal freedoms. Brett Petzer shares his experiences and thoughts on planning the Cycling City.
Can Cape Town learn from Berlin? Mayra Hartmann, an engineer based in Berlin, joins Rashiq Fataar and Brett Petzer to chat about how two cities, both devastated by the architecture of division and separation can learn from one another.
A weekend conversation is a weekly edition of questions and discussions about an idea or topic, encouraging public comment and input. The opening question for discussion is: where should a local government be located? Brett Petzer and Rashiq Fataar open the debate, and ask for your commentary.
Can design create a democratic city? Rashiq Fataar and Brett Petzer write about Cape Town’s Anti-Apartheid Urban Plan.
According to Brett Petzer, this year’s bedside book for those perplexed, fascinated, enthused and enraged by the African city is Rogue Urbanism : Emergent African Cities edited by Edgar Pieterse and AbdouMaliq Simone. Read his preview here.
Join Future Cape Town’s Brett Petzer as we travel through time, and take a walking tour of the most beautiful buildings in the city,with a narrative based on phases of Cape Town’s planning history. The tour aims to ‘unflatten’ the Cape Town we see by looking at the history of power that made the collection of historic buildings that enrich this Station and Parliament precincts today, and the spaces in between.
In this op-ed, Future Cape Town’s Brett Petzer and Rashiq Fataar question whether South Africa’s “mother city” will learn from the global Urban Spring playing out in cities across the developing world, as citizens seek to topple spatial and political regimes that do not put people first.
In Cape Town, the Philippi Horticultural Area, a major source of employment and food security is under threat from encroaching development. Future Cape Town’s Brett Petzer analyses the city’s about-face on supporting development in the area.