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Cape Town’s MyCiTi system: 5 important changes

This October a number of changes will take place with Cape Town’s MyCiTi BRT system. The Adderley Street station will be opening and will connect the new BRT system with the very important suburban rail network at Cape Town Station. A number of other changes to routes will also be made. Here we recap 5 changes coming from October 2014.

Should Cities be Built to Make People Happy

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.

The Lagos Tour – First Stop Surulere

‘The Lagos Tour’ is a new, monthly feature from Future Lagos that will explore Lagos using photography. This month we visited Surulere, initially a residential area that is becoming more commercial.

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.

FUTURE CAPE TOWN | Why informal traders should matter to a global city

Many occupations in the informal economy are not only important in their contribution to the GDP but also in their potential to build meaningful livelihoods that can shape the well-being of locals and cities alike. In the last part of the series, Sharyn Sassen explores the significance of informal economy occupations in creating better future cities.

British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

Learn more about the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture including an interview with the curators; Crimson Architectural Historians: Wouter Vanstiphout and Michelle Provoost

The Openheid State: From closed to open society in Cape Town

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.

Voices of the City: Caryn Gootkin

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.

Lagos State’s Building Collapse Syndrome

In 2013, more than 135 buildings collapsed in Lagos State and the latest collapsed building had a death toll of 80 people. It is a syndrome that is plaguing Lagos State.

London’s living history: An interview with the Mobile Museum’s Verity-Jane Keefe

A mobile museum is soon set to take to London’s streets to explore the contemporary cultural life of one of the city’s boroughs, involving residents, community makers and storytellers along the way.

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