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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.

The mural lights up every time a new streetlight is erected. Photo by @makhulu

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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‘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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Questions for Cape Town Stadium and Greenpoint

As beautiful as it is,Cape Town Stadium sits as an ornamental piece of architecture excluded from everyday living. How do we plan to use the stadium beyond soccer games and how does it become rooted as an anchor in a vibrant hub?

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This Week on Metropolist: Cape Town Tourism

The New York Times article, 52 Places to go in 2014 placed Cape Town as the number one city to visit this year.

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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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Place-making in the city of Gdańsk, Poland

The City Culture Institute in the city of Gdańsk, Poland has brought its Old City Square (also called The Coal Market Square) to life. Previously used as a parking space or occasionally for fairs or concerts, for ten days the square has been turned into a lively, public space designed for people and their needs.

Its art and culture (The Soweto Theatre)

Dear World, Meet Johannesburg.

As a Joburger, I stopped feeling the need to defend my city to other South Africans and the world at large. It’s all there. All of its richness, golden energy and delights. It’s skylines, it’s nature, it’s ever-changing landscape, it’s energy and its technology. It’s there to defend it self without saying a word.
Maybe it’s time you got to know the real Johannesburg.