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10 examples of ‘Green’ Architecture in Africa

In the world of architecture we are all trying to go ‘green’ but is this the same in Africa and if it is, how is it being manifested?

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Planning a Sustainable Transportation System

The ongoing problem of traffic congestion in cities can’t be solved by looking at the components of transport systems in isolation.

Faith47 "Another Light Up" 
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WDC2014 Walking Tour: Urban Art

[ May 8, 2014; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] Join us next Thursday 8 May 2014 for a WDC Walking Tour through the CBD looking at art in our urban landscape.

London Fog by Duncan WJ Palmer/ Flickr

Wake-up call for high-rise developments in London

Justinien Tribillon delves into the debate around the future of London’s skyline.

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WATCH: How public spaces make cities work

More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play.

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New York Waterfront gets ready for the future

Rebuild by Design, a competition which tasks teams with improving the resiliency of New York’s waterfront communities through locally-responsive, innovative design. Each proposal was required to be “flexible, easily phased, and able to integrate with existing projects in progress”.

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Temporary Cities: Our next #CityTalk

[ April 16, 2014; 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] The temporary city phenomenon is quite recent. Changing economic conditions combined with changing cultural conditions has, for many cities, left unused space.

The mural lights up every time a new streetlight is erected. Photo by @makhulu

Bridging communities through design

“Another Light Up” brings awareness of this issue to the CBD, while providing citizens with the opportunity to help. A multi-story piece entitled “The Harvest,” was erected in District Six next to De Waal Drive; Faith47 designed and painted the mural, and ThingKing installed an intricate lighting system on top of the mural’s image.

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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.

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6 questions for public art in cities: A #CityTalk review

Public Art in our cities has the ability to improve what’s left between buildings. Transitional, derelict or unplanned spaces are given a new life through graffiti or street art, and the expression of citizens is given a breath of life.