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Architecture, power and the secrets of the city: A Future Cape Town Walking Tour

[ September 15, 2013; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] Join Future Cape Town’s Brett Petzer as we travel through time, and take a walking tour of the most beautiful buildings in the city,with a narrative based on phases of Cape Town’s planning history. The tour aims to ‘unflatten’ the Cape Town we see by looking at the history of power that made the collection of historic buildings that enrich this Station and Parliament precincts today, and the spaces in between.

Ideas to jumpstart Cape Town’s economy

Having a vision, dreaming big and thinking inclusively with that vision, a focus on technology innovation and business partnering meaningfully with government, Higher Education and civil society were the central themes of Accelerate Cape Town’s AGM held today in the city.

Who are we designing better cities for?

Every third Wednesday of the month This Big City and Future Cape Town host our #citytalk tweetchat. These discussions are always based around a theme related to sustainable cities, with last week’s chat asking how can we design better cities?

Architecture Open Studio 2013

[ August 27, 2013; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. August 29, 2013; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] The Architecture Open Studio invites people into architect’s offices to show them how architects work and the interesting environments in which design takes place – an opportunity to view building projects, models, presentations and design work, and interact with practicing architects.

WATCH: The Future of Cities

We’re urbanising at over 1 million people a week! What does this mean for tomorrow’s cities? How will people, businesses and governments cope?

Designing Better Cities: Our next #CityTalk

[ August 21, 2013; 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Our cities are in a constant process of being designed. Whether directly, by professionals or government or indirectly by communities, the decisions citizens make and even cultural events. With cities facing rapid urbanisation, design and design thinking has a leading role to play if we are to understand how we can design our cities to not only accommodate more people, but to do so in a sustainable way. A way which supports the economy, and leverages this opportunity, rather than collapsing under its burden and challenges.

The Opportunities Await in Philippi

If there’s one good thing to come out of the recent controversy around the Philippi Horticultural Area, it is that more people now know that it exists. Whether the redrawing of the urban edge and subsequent development goes ahead or not, it’s worth considering the tremendous opportunities that lie in this hidden gem of Cape Town.

WATCH: Urban Life & The Human Scale

With 50 % of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behaviour in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

New York’s High Line Park

The elevated 1930s railroad track in New York City has been transformed into an innovative and contemporary public park. TIME’s Richard Lacayo takes a tour with one of the designing architects, Ricardo Scofido.

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