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Photo Diary: Alexander Forbes Headquarters

An photo diary of the Alexander Forbes Headquarters building in Sandton, Johannesburg

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Lagos Through My Lense

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.

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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?

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Five Fantastic Ideas for Public Furniture

In the search for public furniture there is great deal to be considered; cities need to consider the socio-economic history of an area as well as the surrounding community’s hopes for the area’s future. The ability of great public furniture to inspire innovation and pride can uplift a community and revitalise public spaces. A spirit undeniably embodies in these five fantastic ideas for public furniture.

Cape Town city bowl. Photo by Mike Smuts (InsideSouthAfrica). License Creative Commons.

Infographic: Fastest Growing African Cities

This is the second in a series of infographics presented by the UIU team on urban issues in Africa and the rest of the world. At 3.9% per year (World Bank), Africa’s urban population growth rate is the highest in the world. In 2010 47 cities in Africa had a populations of over one million and this is continuing to grow.

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City Development Update: Touchstone House

Portside and 22 Bree seems to have been a catalyst for new developments in Cape Town’s growing foreshore. Work has started on Touchstone House, a newly launched sectional title office development in lower Bree Street, diagonally across the road from both Portside and 22 Bree. The scheme incorporates the old Touchstone warehouse facade, built in 1895. The warehouse occupied the site until it was gutted in a fire a few years ago. The estimated cost of the development is around R200 million.

Between the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center the entire Lower Manhattan was without power.

In Photos: New York and Hurricane Sandy

New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Captured in photos by our New York based contributor Andre-Pierre du Plessis

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City Space: Molteno Reservoir – What could it become?

Those of you who have been painstakingly searching for a venue to host your three-legged biathlon, take a deep sigh of relief. I have found a location that not only covers the stipulated 800m distance but also provides aquatic facilities.

A rust-covered stairway in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games Complex. Picture: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Europe

In Pictures: Olympic Decay

Olympic Cities can spend billions in preparation for their hosting duties but without a long-term strategy what happens to Olympic infrastructure once the Games leave town?

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In Photos: Copacabana for Cape Town

Editor of Future Cape Town, Rashiq Fataar, recently visited Rio de Janeiro. In light of recent propositions to create a Copacabana-style beach route from Muizenberg to Gordon’s Bay, FCT offers a visual exploration of the original Copacabana.