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6 questions for public art in cities: A #CityTalk review

Public Art in our cities has the ability to improve what’s left between buildings. Transitional, derelict or unplanned spaces are given a new life through graffiti or street art, and the expression of citizens is given a breath of life.

Johannesburg In Your Pocket

‘Johannesburg in Your Pocket’ – A review

Being the first ‘In Your Pocket’ guide outside of Europe reiterates how special this city truly is. It is important to note that the new visitors guide is for everyone as it includes family-friendly entertainment, information about gay Johannesburg, as well as spaces of religious significance.

Lagos Through My Lense: Devesh Uba

Devesh Uba (Snap it Oga) is fascinated with the smiles and culture of Nigeria. While living in Lagos, he captures the mosaic of human beings, colours and art using street photography.

Art in Urban Spaces: Our next #CityTalk

[ March 19, 2014; 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm. ] It is well known that cities are ripe spaces for public art. By utilizing buildings, parks, and other city features as their canvases, artists are given the advantage of constant visibility and interaction with passersby. But what can public art do for a city that art housed by private institutions can not?

Questions for Cape Town Stadium and Greenpoint

As beautiful as it is,Cape Town Stadium sits as an ornamental piece of architecture excluded from everyday living. How do we plan to use the stadium beyond soccer games and how does it become rooted as an anchor in a vibrant hub?

Designing African Cities: Urban Planning Education In Nigeria

An Urban Renewal Master Plan for each of the 9 selected cities in Osun State. The Governor emphasized and re-emphasized that the type of plans he anticipated for each of these cities are not the types and models of New York, Washington, London or any other Euro-American cities. The plans were to reflect African cities realities and thus have relevance for the lives of the residents of these cities.

WDC2014 Walking Tour: City Design and Architecture

[ March 6, 2014; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] Following on from our previous design tours, join our urban experience this First Thursday, through interesting streets, spaces and buildings, that show how design affects our lives, and how we can lobby for better design.

Placemaking Gdansk Coal Market

Place-making in the city of Gdańsk, Poland

The City Culture Institute in the city of Gdańsk, Poland has brought its Old City Square (also called The Coal Market Square) to life. Previously used as a parking space or occasionally for fairs or concerts, for ten days the square has been turned into a lively, public space designed for people and their needs.

Thesis Thursday: Utopia of the Third World

Thesis Thursday is an architectural series showcasing a selection of dissertations produced by the UCT M.Arch (prof) graduates of 2013. Week 3: Ruvimbo searches for a contemporary African Landscape.

What is the legacy of the Fan Walk?

What has been the legacy of Cape Town’s Fan Walk? How have our citizens appropriated it and what potential does it contain to be the beginning of activating our city at a pedestrian level?

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