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The ‘African City of the Future’ : Johannesburg’s 2040 vision

Joburg 2040 is a blueprint for the city that responds to the continued transformation of the inherited Apartheid City, the uncertainties of present and future challenges such as migration, globalisation, climate change, natural resource scarcity, and financial markets.

No. 1 Best City to Live in: Melbourne

Find out how this city caters to its citizens. Amongst other things, it has successfully shifted the CBD from being more car orientated to pedestrian-friendly, with creative laneways that are populated with covert boutiques, famed restaurants, hole-in-the-wall cafes and vibrant bars.

#CityTalk: Is the Future of Agriculture Urban?

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.

Planning for Local and Liveable Neighbourhoods in Melbourne

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 2014 World Cities Day Challenge: champion your city’s best idea

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.

Lagos State Amends Urban, Regional Planning & Development Law

The Lagos State Governor has signed into law a bill amending the State’s Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law. The law has now opened the door for experienced personnel not just in the field of Town Planning but Project Management, Urban Renewal and Urban Development.

Food, Flowers and Friendships

Exploring the opportunities and possibilities of collaborative community gardening in Washington D.C.

WATCH: Smart urbanism, not smart cities by Maarten Hajer

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.”

Rotterdam: Story of an Open City

‘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’.

Media Alert: Future Cape Town visits the Netherlands

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.