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Brett Petzer

Why cycling should matter when planning the future of South African cities | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

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.

Why community parks can improve the health of a neighbourhood : The case of Thornhill Park | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

How can community parks make for healthier neighbourhoods in all ways? Thornhill Park in Green Point was recently re-opened after a transformation which included the collaboration of the City of Cape Town, Blok, Future Cape Town and the newly formed Friends of Thornhill Park.

FUTURE CAPE TOWN | Planning the Cycling City

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.

FUTURE CAPE TOWN | African architecture and the future African city – A review of the Design Africa symposium

The Design Africa Symposium was a compelling day of straight talk about the definition of an inclusive African city,

Young Urbanists Film Night: Apartheid propaganda planning fims

On 15 April, Young Urbanists sat rapt in a beautiful setting (the Lower Cable Car Station) and watched four films that probably cannot be found anywhere online. Their cumulative impact was nearly winding. Two were propaganda reels for High Apartheid, presented in lurid Technicolor to the bombastic strains of a full orchestra.

Power to the cities – but what about the rest?

In a time when cities around the world enjoy an influence in national and international affairs that they last wielded when the modern democratic nation-state was young, a growing number of cities have used that influence to wrest powers and money from central government, for themselves and their immediate hinterlands.

Training

Metrorail has been offering classes in Buddhist philosophy (specifically, detachment from earthly desires) pretty much since it opened – They’re compulsory, and they start every time you step on board.

Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad?

Riding a bike is a strange thing to do: it’s not just a mode of transport; it’s an economic class you’re entering. And it is an initiation into being treated like you’re invisible, and like your rights are optional – when you’re not being physically threatened

Solutions from Copenhagen: Interview with the Mayor

Governing the rich world’s greenest capital city is Frank Jensen’s day job. In our moment with the man who has overseen a sustained rise in bike modal share in Copenhagen, we asked a question that goes beyond the better-known metrics: how does Denmark build the consensus that is required to think and plan long-term, and to make collective sacrifices for the collective good?

Sea Point: can the reallest Atlantic suburb hold its own against gentrification?

Gentrification cannot be fought – but it can be bullied into a different shape. A look at where the working class live in Sea Point, and how the resilience they confer on the suburb can be kept and bolstered

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