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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.

WATCH: A Preview Tour of London’s Cheesegrater

A preview tour of one of the latest additions to London’s skyline- the Leadenhall Building, more commonly known as ‘The Chessegrater’.

World’s Best Places to live: The Global Liveability Index

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) most recent liveability ranking shows cities in Australia, Canada, Austria, Finland and New Zealand as the ideal destinations, but is this ranking a true reflection of the cities we live in and will it be used as an instrument for strategic planning?

Crowded Earth: Where is everyone going to live?

60 million people every year are heading into the cities and the UN estimates the trend is going to continue until 85% of the whole population end up living in the cities. With the vast migration to urban spaces, the challlenge is creating cities that are space efficient and intergrated.

Cities are on the Move: Visualizing the Flow of Rotterdam’s Urban Landscape

As infrastructure and citizens become more technologically-enabled than ever before, this concept of urban flow becomes easier to measure. The immense amount of data generated in cities can offer us an improved understanding of how everything from water to waste to people to cargo moves around. All these collective actions of the city form part of the urban metabolism.

City as a Vision: What will future cities look like?

[ September 19, 2014 8:00 am to February 22, 2015 8:00 am. September 19, 2014 8:00 am to February 22, 2015 8:00 am. ] What will cities look like in the future? The upcoming exhibition City as a Vision by the FRAC Centre, through six thematic sections, along with a hundred or so scale models, drawings, and photomontages, the exhibition focuses on giving an overview of this search for new territories and urban configurations capable of welcoming future city-dwellers.

Five reasons Africa needs to reinvent the city

Africa’s cities are facing some exciting, frightening and rapid change. UN-Habitat’s latest “State of African Cities” report attempts to map this change and create a tool for future-oriented urban planning. What are some of the insights of the report, and what can Cape Town as an African city learn from this?

The Cities This Week: Lagos Edition

The Cities this Week takes us to the most populous Sub-Saharan city . From reviving the rail system to adjusting the 2014 budget, we look at what city news is coming from Lagos.

Redefining the Smart City

Julia Thayne considers the possibilities and pitfalls of the ‘smart city’ concept and considers the impact of the data-ification of our cities.