Public Space

Architecture, power and the secrets of the city: A Future Cape Town Walking Tour

[ September 15, 2013; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] Join Future Cape Town’s Brett Petzer as we travel through time, and take a walking tour of the most beautiful buildings in the city,with a narrative based on phases of Cape Town’s planning history. The tour aims to ‘unflatten’ the Cape Town we see by looking at the history of power that made the collection of historic buildings that enrich this Station and Parliament precincts today, and the spaces in between.

Creating an Open City one street at a time

The message was clear: we don’t need to go through long bureaucratic processes in order to start opening streets in Cape Town. People are ready to promote a city-wide movement. 
Over the weekend, we joined a conference organised by Future Cape Town to explore the concept of an “Open City”. In addition to inspiring and informative […]

Architecture Open Studio 2013

[ August 27, 2013; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. August 29, 2013; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] The Architecture Open Studio invites people into architect’s offices to show them how architects work and the interesting environments in which design takes place – an opportunity to view building projects, models, presentations and design work, and interact with practicing architects.

Bold City: A Bold Vision for Princess Vlei

Bold Idea: Prevent the building of a mall and transforming Princess Vlei into a successful public space. Central to this bold idea is engagement with all stakeholders, including the local communities, professionals, government, and developing a single goal for all parties for the design and use of the vlei. This is a bold idea because such convergence is sadly rare in South Africa.

Designing Better Cities: Our next #CityTalk

[ August 21, 2013; 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Our cities are in a constant process of being designed. Whether directly, by professionals or government or indirectly by communities, the decisions citizens make and even cultural events. With cities facing rapid urbanisation, design and design thinking has a leading role to play if we are to understand how we can design our cities to not only accommodate more people, but to do so in a sustainable way. A way which supports the economy, and leverages this opportunity, rather than collapsing under its burden and challenges.

WATCH: Urban Life & The Human Scale

With 50 % of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behaviour in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

9 ideas for better public participation

Future Cape Town hosted its third summit on the topic of public participation and engagement. Public engagement can be difficult, but when we brought together thought leaders from different sectors at our last summit it created a fertile ground for an amazing amount of ideas. Here we include nine ideas how to tackle public participation.