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Cape Town’s streets in the spotlight at Future Cape Town Summit

On Monday 30 September, Future Cape Town will be hosting our 4th summit entitled “The Long and Short of Better Streets” at the Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town. This summit will aim to look at how a city-wide conversation on improved streets, beyond the debate on Long Street, can promote implementation and action. Are we asking the right questions, and do we understand the processes which can lead to action

Opportunity Village, for and by the homeless.

Opportunity Village is a new pilot project in Eugene, Oregon doing just this by allowing those who are currently without housing to build and inhabit their own transitional micro-housing with the support of the surrounding community.

INFOGRAPHIC: How 10 Historical Planners Have Shaped Today’s Cities

Urban design isn’t easy, so when we find a way to make cities work, we often stick with it for a decent chunk of time. Throughout history, urban planners have presented different ideas on how to design successful cities, and their impact is still being felt today. This infographic looks at how ten urban planners have shaped cities, including London, Paris and Washington D.C.

How Public Spaces Revive Cities

The key to restoring life to our public places the chance to have fun, hang out with other folks, and enjoy the surroundings.

The fall and rise of great public spaces

Why we need parks, streetlife, squares, markets, trails, community gardens and other hang outs more than ever

WATCH: China’s Empty Cities

Why are so many uninhabited cities still being built in China? Dateline returns to update one of its most watched stories, China’s Ghost Cities, to find out.

WATCH: Urbanisation and the evolution of cities across 10,000 years.

About 10,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers, aided by rudimentary agriculture, moved to semi-permanent villages and never looked back. With further developments came food surpluses, leading to commerce, specialisation and, many years later with the Industrial Revolution, the modern city. Vance Kite plots our urban past and how we can expect future cities to adapt to our growing populations.

WATCH: Urban Housing in Cape Town: Pressure Cooker on the Boil.

Isiqalo is an Informal Settlement in Cape Town built on a sand mine and rubbish dump. The Legal Resources Centre is representing the community after they recieved an eviction notice from the city of Cape Town.

FUTURE CAPE TOWN | The future of Africa’s ports

On the 26 August, Alan Winde, Minister of Finance, Economic Development Tourism, addressed the African Ports Evolution 2013 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The Western Cape Government, in collaboration with the City of Cape Town and the National Government, is developing a proposal for the redesign for the Port of Cape Town precinct.

Wescape: Privatising the profits and socializing the risk?

The City of Cape Town recently approved an application to move the approved urban edge to accommodate a 200,000-home residential and commercial development called “Wescape”. The application, and the City’s approval, has generated enormous debate and numerous parties have opposed the proposal on various planning and economic-related grounds.