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Can transport speak to development?

Here we recap eight of the main ideas of the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) for transit-oriented development.

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Food, Flowers and Friendships

Exploring the opportunities and possibilities of collaborative community gardening in Washington D.C.

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WATCH: A Preview Tour of London’s Cheesegrater

A preview tour of one of the latest additions to London’s skyline- the Leadenhall Building, more commonly known as ‘The Chessegrater’.

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Crowded Earth: Where is everyone going to live?

60 million people every year are heading into the cities and the UN estimates the trend is going to continue until 85% of the whole population end up living in the cities. With the vast migration to urban spaces, the challlenge is creating cities that are space efficient and intergrated.

The urban landscape has often been describes as a living and vibrant organism and that collective actions in cities are like an urban metabolism

Cities are on the Move: Visualizing the Flow of Rotterdam’s Urban Landscape

As infrastructure and citizens become more technologically-enabled than ever before, this concept of urban flow becomes easier to measure. The immense amount of data generated in cities can offer us an improved understanding of how everything from water to waste to people to cargo moves around. All these collective actions of the city form part of the urban metabolism.

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Can markets make for a better future Cape Town?

In Cape Town, markets have grown in popularity in a very short time. From the days of the old car boot sale at Milnerton, to weekly food markets at municipal halls; we’ve now progressed to see a wide variety of different markets. But how can more markets bring Capetonians together as part of their everyday life, and is it something they wish to have?

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.