In this op-ed, Future Cape Town’s Brett Petzer and Rashiq Fataar question whether South Africa’s “mother city” will learn from the global Urban Spring playing out in cities across the developing world, as citizens seek to topple spatial and political regimes that do not put people first.
Bold Idea: Tsai Design Studio presented on a number of bold design experiments, which use innovative ideas to serve practical purposes. They are bold in nature because they challenge existing design norms around sustainability.
How does food shape our cities? Carolyn Steel uses food as a medium to “read” cities to understand how they work.
In Kenya’s bid to reduce its reliance on rice imports, a new strain that uses less water and has high nutritional value could prove significant.
In Cape Town, the Philippi Horticultural Area, a major source of employment and food security is under threat from encroaching development. Future Cape Town’s Brett Petzer analyses the city’s about-face on supporting development in the area.
[ August 6, 2013; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] The Phillipi Horticultural Area (PHA) has been in the spotlight of later as the Mayor of Cape Town pushes through a recommendation which could see housing being developed on this land. In anticipation of the decision, the Phillippi community and Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance have shared their facts on the matter.
Funding small-scale, community-based urban development projects could change the face of cities.
Watch our short video of Future Cape Town’s first mini conference: Bold City
Garden Roofs: International Inspirations explored the overarching benefits of garden roofs by touching on some of the most inspirational garden roof projects across the globe. It essentially raised a rather open-ended question surrounding the potential role of garden roofs in creating a more sustainable and liveable Cape Town. Karla Booysen approached Jaco Ferreira from Advanced Green Roofs (AGR), an organisation specialising in the distribution of garden roofs in and around Cape Town, US and Canada, to shed some light on the subject.
As the city opens itself up to the possibilities of pedal power, Anton Crone weighs the culture of commuter cycling with that of sport cycling in Cape Town.