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How identity shapes Joburg

Last week, we were invited by Designing South Africa to be part of a panel on how urban identity has shaped us as a city, a nation, and a democracy. Here you may find essentially what we had to say about this.

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Bridging communities through design

“Another Light Up” brings awareness of this issue to the CBD, while providing citizens with the opportunity to help. A multi-story piece entitled “The Harvest,” was erected in District Six next to De Waal Drive; Faith47 designed and painted the mural, and ThingKing installed an intricate lighting system on top of the mural’s image.

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Newtown’s New Kid On The Block

The creative brainchild of Arthur Blake, Managing Director of Citiq Property Developments, brings this fun, bold, colourful stamp on the Newtown skyline has had the city curious since its inception.

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How public transportation can reduce congestion

When will we change our mindsets and lifestyles?
Will Johannesburg’s Corridors of Freedom free us from our tight grip on privatized motor vehicles?

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This Week on Metropolist: Forecasting Africa’s Future

When you read about global change it is often as if Africa were not a part of the world”. What does Africa’s future hold? What tools should we be using to predict the future of our continent?

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‘Johannesburg in Your Pocket’ – A review

Being the first ‘In Your Pocket’ guide outside of Europe reiterates how special this city truly is. It is important to note that the new visitors guide is for everyone as it includes family-friendly entertainment, information about gay Johannesburg, as well as spaces of religious significance.

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This Week on Metropolist: No Space for Waste

Going green is everywhere. We try to eat organic foods,to save electricity, to cycle or walk instead of drive, all in an attempt to reduce our carbon footprint. Perhaps with all this talk on “re-use,reduce,recycle”, we’re even feeling a bit of Green fatigue at the moment.

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Watch: Can City Project

In a city with over 20 million residents, waste is produced on a large scale in Sao Paulo. Watch how this creates an opportunity for waste collectors to turn cans in to beautiful stools.

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Equalising the Cost of Distance

by Marius Pieterse
We welcome the soon-to-be-implemented reduction in Rea Vaya fares for commuters travelling more than 25 km.
We were pleased to note that, as from this coming weekend, Rea Vaya fares will be reduced for people travelling more than 25 kms, as well as for single trip users.  This follows the recent scrapping of [...]

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Don’t Believe The Hype? #CityTalk

What is a resilient city? A sustainable city? A smart city? Cities are in the spotlight with much discussion and debate around cities and their longevity but is all this hype just a passing trend? In a world that is changing rapidly, we have these complex city networks that are being dissected by urban planners,architects and academics.