Is paradise a large metropolis? As city dwellers, we’re prone to believing that the good life is found on a desolate beach far from the cacophony of any urban environment. Cities, to their credit however, actually make us much happier than we might otherwise believe.
In Cape Town, apartheid is set in stone and poured in concrete. Michelle Provoost investigates the origins of the apartheid city and how we might navigate towards an open city.
This week, we hear from Cape Town resident, Caryn Gootkin. Gootkin read law at Trinity Hall College, Cambridge and later became an attorney. Gootkin left the legal profession in 2009 and now works as a writer and copy-editor. She writes a regular column for The Media Online and serves on the board of directors of The Big Issue South Africa.
Urban sprawl and rapid urbanisation have pushed agricultural lands beyond its core population and supply has become a complex logistical endeavour. Perhaps as a response to these shifts in production, urban agriculture has been gaining popularity in cities around the world. Join #CityTalk as we discuss urban agriculture and its social, cultural and economic implications.
Melbourne is a city defined by its suburbs. It is the distinct character of neighbourhoods from Footscray to Frankston that help Melbourne regularly sit near the top of world’s most liveable city rankings.
The World Cities Day Challenge will be held on 31 October and you have until 26 September to enter. It is calling for the best ideas from cities around the world – one idea, pioneered by your city, that other cities should adopt. And you could be the person to represent your city on the big day.
Maarten Hajer is the Director-General of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.
Hajer feels that we need to get rid of the modernist paradigm and reinvent urbanism for the 21st century. “We don’t need smart cities, we need smart urbanism. That is truly the challenge that can make and determine the economy of the 21st century.”
‘This is a city haunted by the past, nostalgic for the future and unable to live in the present.’ This opening message demonstrates the polemic of Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ ‘second city’.
From the 15th to the 20th of September, Future Cape Town will be visiting a number of urban development organisations in the Netherlands as a guest of the Het Nieuwe Instituut. As Managing Director of the nonprofit Our Future Cities, Rashiq Fataar will meet and share ideas relevant to design, sustainability, and creating more livable cities across the globe.
As infrastructure and citizens become more technologically-enabled than ever before, this concept of urban flow becomes easier to measure. The immense amount of data generated in cities can offer us an improved understanding of how everything from water to waste to people to cargo moves around. All these collective actions of the city form part of the urban metabolism.