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Faith47 "Another Light Up" 
photo by @makhulu_

WDC2014 Walking Tour: Urban Art

[ May 8, 2014; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] Join us next Thursday 8 May 2014 for a WDC Walking Tour through the CBD looking at art in our urban landscape.

Future Cities

Can South Africa’s Smart Cities Please Stand Up?

Cities are the crucible of our urban experience and for the first time in human history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. We are now truly living in an urban century where our cities are expanding at an unprecedented rate and depending on whom you ask, it is estimated that in the second half of this century, our planet will be dominated by cities with an urban population that will grow from 3.5 billion to 5 billion people.

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Cycling lanes for 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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New York Waterfront gets ready for the future

Rebuild by Design, a competition which tasks teams with improving the resiliency of New York’s waterfront communities through locally-responsive, innovative design. Each proposal was required to be “flexible, easily phased, and able to integrate with existing projects in progress”.

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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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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.