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A bird's eye view of part of Khayelitsha, South Africa's second largest township.

Africa and urbanisation: Re-imagining Africa’s realities

Two pieces published by the Daily Maverick present the challenging context of urbanisation for African cities. Considering 40% of the continent live in urban areas, what are innovative solutions for such complicated problems and where are the opportunities?

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10 Must-See events at OPEN DESIGN 2014

Cape Town’s second OPEN DESIGN event takes place from the 13-23 of August. Check out our list of the top ten studios, discussions, and events that you cannot miss!

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R1 million public art competition launched

Are you a visionary installation artist? If so, this is your chance! The Western Cape Government has announced a call for entries for a permanent installation piece to be constructed in downtown Cape Town. The selected piece should encompass Cape Town’s incredible culture while being a visionary icon of the city. Read about the competition specifics and requirements to find out more!

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Can the homeless contribute to a global city?

Sharyn Sassen explores the possibilities of identifying the homeless as citizens. Challenging our perceptions and highlighting the role of city and citizens, she reimagines creative responses to the issues surrounding homelessness in Cape Town. This exploration illustrates how renewed ideals, informed citizenry and creative design could impact the well-being of marginalised individuals and contribute towards building a holistically better city.

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A weekend conversation: Are youth included in the vision of a city, and do they care?

Our weekend question series invites the public to think about an issue, and weigh in on the debate with their own comments. This week’s opening question surrounds the idea of youth involvement in the city. Do youth currently feel involved in their city, and perhaps more to the point, do they even care?

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Serious about Green Roofs Part IV: Four things we need

The last part in the series focuses on South Africa’s potential for green roofs. Specialists weigh in on the potential for an emerging green roof industry.

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Memories of streets and spaces

Books and certain spaces can revoke memories and creativity in very tangible ways. This excerpt details one Capetonian’s experiences connecting to great writers and her urban environment through reading.

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Getting government to think design

A two-day workshop on design-thinking was held by the City of Cape Town at Department of Design to encourage innovative solutions to improve service delivery.

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WATCH: Cape Town Skatepark under a bridge opens

Winner of the PLAYscapes international design competition, the Cape Town Gardens Skatepark has opened to skateboarders across the city.

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A weekend conversation: Where should local government be located?

A weekend conversation is a weekly edition of questions and discussions about an idea or topic, encouraging public comment and input. The opening question for discussion is: where should a local government be located? Brett Petzer and Rashiq Fataar open the debate, and ask for your commentary.