‘This is a city haunted by the past, nostalgic for the future and unable to live in the present.’ This opening message demonstrates the polemic of Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ ‘second city’.
[ 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.
In Cape Town, markets have grown in popularity in a very short time. From the days of the old car boot sale at Milnerton, to weekly food markets at municipal halls; we’ve now progressed to see a wide variety of different markets. But how can more markets bring Capetonians together as part of their everyday life, and is it something they wish to have?
The Design Africa Symposium, with the theme ‘Design Visions for African Cities of the Future’, will feature a robust line-up of design practitioners from across the African continent and diaspora. The objective is to analyse the urban development challenges facing African cities and to map out possible visions to re-shape African city environments into the future.
What goes into a climate model? Gavin Schmidt looks at how we use past and present data to model potential futures.
“The future of cities is essential to the future of nature on earth.” says ecologist Eric Sanderson.
About 10,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers, aided by rudimentary agriculture, moved to semi-permanent villages and never looked back. With further developments came food surpluses, leading to commerce, specialisation and, many years later with the Industrial Revolution, the modern city. Vance Kite plots our urban past and how we can expect future cities to adapt to our growing populations.
Relationship building and citizen engagement are vital for ensuring the sustainable growth of African cities in the future. Urban Africa’s Ifeoma Ebo reports on the Africa Urban Infrastructure Summit held in Cape Town in April.
A film exploring future scenarios of city life in London, New York and Copenhagen. It looks at urbanization trends challenging cities around the world and solutions featured in the Crystal
Re-imagining the city can be a provocation to reconsider and expand the range of possibilities for a city in the future and could open the door to a fundamentally critical view of the existing city. Peter Marcuse, a Professor at Columbia University explores.