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Is Green Point common accessible?

The 2010 reconfiguration of Green Point Common brought tremendous improvements to a poorly organised area of shabby and neglected amenities. But in the rush to complete the design and works some mistakes were made.

Floating Community Design by NLÉ
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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.

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Equalising the Cost of Distance

by Marius Pieterse
We welcome the soon-to-be-implemented reduction in Rea Vaya fares for commuters travelling more than 25 km.
We were pleased to note that, as from this coming weekend, Rea Vaya fares will be reduced for people travelling more than 25 kms, as well as for single trip users.  This follows the recent scrapping of [...]

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3 schools leading in sustainable architecture

Sustainability is no longer a ‘buzz’ word. It is, or it should be, an established imbued path of our design, our lifestyle, our ethics. AfriSam and SAIA are making sure we keep our marriage between architecture and sustainability a string and nurturing bond,

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Johannesburg – Pulse of Africa_C40 Summit

From the 4th – 6th February 2014, the city of Johannesburg was the proud host of the 5th Biennial C40 Cities Mayor’s Summit on global climate change. The event was a get together of the C40 mayors from the major and smaller cities of the world to address issues of climate change and to exchange ideas.

South African Futures 2030: How Bafana Bafana made Mandela Magic

South Africa in 2030: What is possible?

Where could South Africa be headed by 2030? The ISS have just released a paper and infographic looking at various scenarios.

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Urban farms in Lagos – a feasible proposal?

Urban farming is a great idea. It is one way to address with land, agriculture and food security, but how can it be implemented in a city like Lagos. Tolu Ogulesi starts to look at solutions to this predicament.

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Copenhagen Solutions Exhibition in Cape Town

[ February 8, 2014 11:00 am to February 12, 2014 5:00 pm. ] As one of the Danish contributions to Cape Town as World Design Capital in 2014, we are proud to inform that the exhibition ”Copenhagen Solutions” will be on public display in Cape Town from 8th to 12th February 2014 at The Bank, 71- 73 Harrington Street, Cape Town.

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Future of Cape Town officially compromised: Is Wescape a band-aid solution?

Recently, the future of Cape Town was officially compromised when the seemingly concrete decision of resisting urban sprawl by retaining the integrity of Cape Town’s urban edge was reversed by Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. The edge of Cape Town has now officially been pushed out to encompass lands on the Cape Farms area.

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Book Review: Rogue Urbanism

According to Brett Petzer, this year’s bedside book for those perplexed, fascinated, enthused and enraged by the African city is Rogue Urbanism : Emergent African Cities edited by Edgar Pieterse and AbdouMaliq Simone. Read his preview here.