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Lanes and livelihoods: New cycling and pedestrian (NMT) infrastructure in Johannesburg

According to the City of Johannesburg’s Department of Transport, urbanisation and urban poverty require not only urban transport solutions but also low-cost modes of travel such as cycling. This strategy, known as “Non-Motorised Transport” or NMT, over recent years has gradually become a priority area at National, Provincial and Local Government levels, resulting in the City of Johannesburg’s Framework for NMT in 2009.

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WATCH: The City is the People

Watch ‘The City is the People’, three short films exploring the street space of Lagos Island submitted as part of the Cinecity Architectural Film Project 2013

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Temporary Cities: Our next #CityTalk

[ April 16, 2014; 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] The temporary city phenomenon is quite recent. Changing economic conditions combined with changing cultural conditions has, for many cities, left unused space.

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How identity shapes Joburg

Last week, we were invited by Designing South Africa to be part of a panel on how urban identity has shaped us as a city, a nation, and a democracy. Here you may find essentially what we had to say about this.

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Makoko: ‘Venice of Lagos’

The story of Makoko (a low-income settlement on water and land) is one of slum clearance, forced eviction, perseverance, resistance, collaboration, and urban regeneration.

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The Cities This Week: Edition 60

News and views from cities around the world this week.

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New approaches to urban infrastructure and service provision

Retooling ‘Cities for Life’: New Approaches to Urban Infrastructure and Service Provision is a conversation hosted in partnership with UN-HABITAT and the Ford Foundation in conjunction with WUF 7. This is a response on power supply in Lagos.

The mural lights up every time a new streetlight is erected. Photo by @makhulu

Bridging communities through design

“Another Light Up” brings awareness of this issue to the CBD, while providing citizens with the opportunity to help. A multi-story piece entitled “The Harvest,” was erected in District Six next to De Waal Drive; Faith47 designed and painted the mural, and ThingKing installed an intricate lighting system on top of the mural’s image.

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Newtown’s New Kid On The Block

The creative brainchild of Arthur Blake, Managing Director of Citiq Property Developments, brings this fun, bold, colourful stamp on the Newtown skyline has had the city curious since its inception.

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The Cities This Week: Edition 59

News and views from cities around the world this week.