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Why has our society become so isolated and distrusting?

As a society we are taught to distrust and isolate ourselves from strangers; yet this concept is flipped on its head as soon as we travel to a new place and become more open to exploration. How can we “unlearn” this tendency without having to leave the comfort of our own city?

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In Photos: Portside , Cape Town’s new tallest skyscraper

The Portside building has just recently finished construction. It is Cape Town’s largest skyscraper, and the first tall building in Cape Town in 20 years. Check out these photos of the city’s newest addition!

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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Architecture Open Studios 2014

[ August 19, 2014; 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. August 20, 2014; 4:00 pm to 9:00 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.

The installation through the rifle viewfinder of Andre Carl's installation on the Sea Point Promenade (photo courtesy of Anna Brown)

New public art in Sea Point: A Rhino in the City

A powerful anti-poaching installation by artist Andre Carl is constructed on the Sea Point Promenade as part of the City’s public art program called art54.

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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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Using technology to conceptualise the future of Wingfield

Presenting its interactive digital urban design tools, DASUDA found collaborative partners in local experts, organisations and City of Cape Town representatives.

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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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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.