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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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’.

The urban landscape has often been describes as a living and vibrant organism and that collective actions in cities are like an urban metabolism

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.

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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.

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A new design for RDP housing in South Africa?

Do we need a new approach to the RDP housing being delivered in South Africa? Lawden Holmes, a finalist for the Better Living Challenge, shares his design for a housing unit which turns the unsustainable problem of backyard shacks into a solution