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After Eskom: How can South African cities power their future

Almost 8 years after the last loadshedding in South Africa, the Eskom debacle has once again dominated the national agenda and media. With the eye of the word on South Africa, how can cities start to lead and invest in new ideas, innovations and ways to power their long term future.

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FUTURE CAPE TOWN | How to Make an Attractive City

The founder of London’s The School of Life Alain de Botton presents a manifesto that explains how to make attractive cities in 6 fundamental rules.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Future Cape Town hosts international architects

On Wednesday 13 May, Future Cape Town, and its Young Urbanists members hosted two internationally renowned architects; Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) and Luyanda Mpahlwa of DesignSpaceAfrica at the public lecture: ‘Housing and Educating the future’. The event, which trended nationally on Twitter, drew a crowd of close to 150 students, architects, urbanists and members of the public. It took place at a new exhibition space on Harrington Street.

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FUTURE CAPE TOWN |Meet Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban-Think Tank

Future Cape Town speaks with Alfredo Brillembourg, the Venezuelan architect founder of Urban-Think Tank who talks about the challenges in emergent urbanism and his projects in 2015 .

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FUTURE GOLD COAST | In conversation: Rashiq Fataar and the founder of Future Gold Coast

Rashiq Fataar chats to Michael Roach, the founder of the newly formed Future Gold Coast.

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6 questions on urban agriculture: A #CityTalk review

In last week’s #CityChat with This Big City, we discussed the reinvention of urban agriculture. We take a look at what you thought.

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Should Cities be Built to Make People Happy

Is paradise a large metropolis? As city dwellers, we’re prone to believing that the good life is found on a desolate beach far from the cacophony of any urban environment. Cities, to their credit however, actually make us much happier than we might otherwise believe.

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#CityTalk: Is the Future of Agriculture Urban?

Urban sprawl and rapid urbanisation have pushed agricultural lands beyond its core population and supply has become a complex logistical endeavour. Perhaps as a response to these shifts in production, urban agriculture has been gaining popularity in cities around the world. Join #CityTalk as we discuss urban agriculture and its social, cultural and economic implications.

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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.

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City as a Vision: What will future cities look like?

[ September 19, 2014 8:00 am to February 22, 2015 8:00 am. September 19, 2014 8:00 am to February 22, 2015 8:00 am. ] What will cities look like in the future? The upcoming exhibition City as a Vision by the FRAC Centre, through six thematic sections, along with a hundred or so scale models, drawings, and photomontages, the exhibition focuses on giving an overview of this search for new territories and urban configurations capable of welcoming future city-dwellers.