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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.

No. 1 Worst City to Live In: Damascus

Civil unrest and war has left this historic city and its residents facing serious humanitarian challenges. War is also threatening the architectural history that still stands strong in stone in the Ancient City of Damascus. Most of the violence has affected the outskirts of the city, however, important world history remains in danger as long as political instability continues.

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.

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