Cities are the crucible of our urban experience and for the first time in human history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. We are now truly living in an urban century where our cities are expanding at an unprecedented rate and depending on whom you ask, it is estimated that in the second half of this century, our planet will be dominated by cities with an urban population that will grow from 3.5 billion to 5 billion people.
According to the City of Johannesburg’s Department of Transport, urbanisation and urban poverty require not only urban transport solutions but also low-cost modes of travel such as cycling. This strategy, known as “Non-Motorised Transport” or NMT, over recent years has gradually become a priority area at National, Provincial and Local Government levels, resulting in the City of Johannesburg’s Framework for NMT in 2009.
The Your City Idea installation, a shortlisted World Design Capital 2014 project, will stand in the City Hall from 14-25 April as part of the Future Foreshore Exhibition .The exhibition includes Cape Town Partnership and Future Cape Town to facilitate public engagement with current developments and the future of the foreshore.
Watch ‘The City is the People’, three short films exploring the street space of Lagos Island submitted as part of the Cinecity Architectural Film Project 2013
Rebuild by Design, a competition which tasks teams with improving the resiliency of New York’s waterfront communities through locally-responsive, innovative design. Each proposal was required to be “flexible, easily phased, and able to integrate with existing projects in progress”.
[ April 16, 2014; 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] The temporary city phenomenon is quite recent. Changing economic conditions combined with changing cultural conditions has, for many cities, left unused space.
The introduction of several new MyCiTi routes since November 2013 has seen an impressive 89% growth in passenger numbers, highlighting the demand for quality public transport in Cape Town.
With Future Cape Town
Last week, we were invited by Designing South Africa to be part of a panel on how urban identity has shaped us as a city, a nation, and a democracy. Here you may find essentially what we had to say about this.
The story of Makoko (a low-income settlement on water and land) is one of slum clearance, forced eviction, perseverance, resistance, collaboration, and urban regeneration.