Throughout the year, Future Cape Town and our broader Our Future Cities network hosts events which include conferences, lectures, workshops, public workshops and tours.

Current events

Knowledge Matters: Caroline Bos, founder of  UNStudio

Lecture | Event Review | Programme


Date: September 14, 2016

Location: dhk Architects, 6th Floor De Waterkant Centre, 9 Somerset Road

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UNStudio, founded by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, has built an extensive and varied oeuvre since 1988, as well as an active theoretical and research profile. One of the fascinations of the founders is the ever-changing concept of the architect as designer of the future. In their most recent book, Knowledge Matters, they propose a new manifestation of the architectural practice as knowledge practice. UNStudio’s own diverse and wide-ranging practice  encompasses many different scale levels and building typologies across the world, including the Singapore University of Technology and Design, the design for Doha’s Integrated Metro network in Qatar, a private villa in Stuttgart, Germany, the Ardmore Residence in Singapore, the Raffles City mixed-use development in Hangzhou, the Canaletto Tower in London, the station area of Arnhem in the Netherlands.

Caroline Bos’ Bio:

Co-Founder / Principal Urban Planner UNStudio 

Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Caroline Bos studied History of Art at Birkbeck College of the University of London and Urban and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Geosciences, University of Utrecht. In 1988 she co- founded Van Berkel & Bos Architectuurbureau with the architect Ben van Berkel, extending her theoretical and writing projects to the practice of architecture.

Realized projects include the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen and the Moebius house.

In 1998 Caroline Bos co-founded UNStudio (United Net). UNStudio presents itself as a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. Current urban development projects include the restructuring of the station area of Arnhem, the mixed-use Raffles City in Hangzhou, a masterplan for Basauri, and the design and restructuring of the Harbour Ponte Parodi in Genoa.
Caroline Bos has taught as a guest lecturer at Princeton University, the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Academy of Architecture in Arnhem. In 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. Central to her teaching is the inclusive approach of architectural works integrating virtual and material organization and engineering constructions.


Past events

Emerging Urban Regeneration Models : Viewpoints from North America with Adam Beck

Lecture | Event Review | Programme

August 1, 2016

Location : 71 Hout Street

Adam Beck, Director of the Centre for Urban Innovation and Executive Director at the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand presented on his work and views promoting collaboration through emerging urban regeneration models with case studies from North America.

The future of public space III : Who owns the space?

Presentations and Discussion | Event Review | Programme

June 8, 2016

Location : 71 Hout Street

The final event in the 3 part series, brought together the private, public and civil society sector to unpack the roles and contributions of all parts of society to challenge and interrogate the ownership and control of public spaces and infrastructure.

Participants : Elizabeth Novacek (Future Cape Town), Jacques van Embden (Blok Developments), Belinda Walker (City of Cape Town), Andrew Charman (Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation), Hannalie Malan (Future Cape Town)

 The future of public space II : Design by activism

Presentations and Discussion | Event Review | Programme

May 4, 2016

Location : 71 Hout Street

The second event in the 3 part series, saw presentations by public space activists with a reflection on skateboarding, street events and protests.

Participants : Marcela Guerrero Casas (Open Streets, Cape Town), Marco Morgan (National Skate Collective), Zimkita Booi (Ndifuna Ukwazi), Hedwig Crooijmans-Lemmer  (GAPP Architects and Urban Designers)

The future of public space I : African cities and public space

Presentations and Discussion | Event Review | Programme

April 4, 2016

Location : 71 Hout Street

The first event in the 3 part series, saw presentations by designers, practicioners, urbanists and researchers working in the public space field in African cities, with reflections on work and research in Cape Town, Lagos Pretoria, Johannesburg, Addis Ababa and others.

Participants: Barbara Southworth (GAPP Architects and Urban Designers), Olamide Udo-Udoma (Future Lagos), Michael de Beer (GAPP Architects & Urban Designers, UDISA), Claire du Trevou, Zahira Asmal, (The City Agency),  Michal Korycki (Craft of Architecture), Rike Sitas (African Centre for Cities)

 Co-creating the future of housing in South Africa

 Symposium | Event Review | Programme

March 16, 2016

Location : Top Floor, Media 24 building

The symposium aimed to gather new ideas and approaches to the urban housing challenge in South Africa.  An array of designers, activists, policy makers, developers and government representatives gathered to discuss and investigate possibilities for affordable housing solutions by bridging the gap between the private sector and government.
Participants: Alfredo Brillembourg (Urban Think Tank, Swiss Institute of Technology), Luyanda Mpahlwa (Design Space Africa), Willem Steenkamp, Advisor to the Minister of Human Settlements, Western Cape Government), Francesco Orsini (URBAM & Universidad EAFIT), Sizwe Mxobo, (Community Organisation Resource Centre), Bovain Macnab (Suburban Housing Action Campaign), Andrew Boraine (Western Cape Economic Development Partnership), Deon van Zyl, (WC Property Development Forum), Guy Briggs (dhk architects and Urban Designers), Andy Bolnick (Ikhayalami), Zama Mgwatyu, Programme(Development Action Group), Khalied Jacobs (Jakupa Architects and Urban Designers), Gavin, Silber (Ndifuna Ukwazi), Rashiq Fataar (Future Cape Town)

Design, Cities and the World Cup

Panel Discussions | Event Review | Programme
July 3, 2014
Location: Cape Town Lodge
The event presented a critical dialogue and discussion on the role of the World Cup and other mega events as key drivers of design and city making and ultimately in forging a greater South African society
Participants: Zahira Asmal, Rashiq Fataar, Khalied Jacobs, Robert Silke, Laurine Platzky, Yazeed Kamaldien

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