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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.

Bold City: A Bold Vision for Philippi Horticulture Area

Bold Idea: The Phillippi Horticultural Area is vital for Cape Town’s food and water security. The aim is topreserve this unique agricultural area while allowing for sustainable development through democratic processes. This is a bold idea because the City wants to develop the land without properly considering the impact this will have on the city’s food and water security, and presents a community vision for the future of Cape Town’s breadbasket.

9 ideas for better public participation

Future Cape Town hosted its third summit on the topic of public participation and engagement. Public engagement can be difficult, but when we brought together thought leaders from different sectors at our last summit it created a fertile ground for an amazing amount of ideas. Here we include nine ideas how to tackle public participation.