TOD is a tool for combating urban sprawl. This would mean concentrating development of housing, businesses, and services around public transit stations. TOD also takes priority away from the personal automobile and allows us to walk and cycle in a connected city.
“I use bodies, faces, words and backgrounds that might seem visible or invisible to extend the vision I wish to share.” – Okuhle Magcaba, eNca Online News Writer and Photographer. See what this young mover and shaker from Johannesburg had to say about the city.
Kirsten Wilkins and asks how the inhabitants of a city can participate in urban design decisions. Open source urban design invites more public participation in urbanism. Wilkins states that ‘We are all fluent in a non-verbal language of space-making.’
Portland, the largest city in Oregon with over 600, 000 inhabitants has become a global model of transit-oriented development (TOD). A key element of TOD is the human scale – creating streets that are not only auto-friendly but also amenable to cycling and walking.
Here we recap eight of the main ideas of the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) for transit-oriented development.
This week we hear from Cyril Naicker, the creative director of CT inVogue. Naicker is currently developing MyVogue Africa – a fashion reality series.
Class and race inequality (meaning disparities in wealth, income and education) are vital to understanding murder. Related to this is geographic apartheid, meaning historical (and today’s) “dumping” of the poorest and most vulnerable people furthest away from CBDs and traditionally white suburbs.
This week, we hear from Gugulethu resident and up and coming Dj, Siphe Messive Tebeka. He however does not wish to be known as a Dj, but rather a young Dance music phenomenon. He has been working on the scene and giving the masses music in the genre of Electro, Deep and Tribal House, Dub Step and Rave. Most recent of his achievements is having gone to play at one of the biggest music events in the world under the Bridges for Music initiative. There he got to mingle with the likes of Steve Aioki and Skrillex. He is most certainly one to keep an eye out for.
Many mayors are impressive figures and time appears to be on their side. Nation states (particularly the large ones) have an increasingly hard time and, in the context of a process of globalization, cities, and particularly small city-states, increasingly emerge victorious. Cities have first-hand experience with many of the things that occur in globalization’s wake, such as immigration and cultural and religious diversity, and are generally less dogmatic and more practical in dealing with them.