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The New Public 004 Park Station Model

Rethinking the future of public space at South Africa’s largest transport node : A new public for Park Station| FUTURE JOBURG

Julie-Ann Tyler, a recent masters student in Architecture, based her thesis on creating “The New Public” in which she investigates ways of re-appropriating Park Station public space and new programming that can exist in this specific context.

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FUTURE CAPE TOWN | From Accra to Cape Town: A conversation with urbanist Victoria Okoye

Rashiq Fataar speaks with Victoria Okoye, the creator of African Urbanism, on the themes that connect her home city Accra and Cape Town.

Informal Trade Cape Town

FUTURE CAPE TOWN | Will ideas competition improve informal trading conditions?

The City of Cape Town has launched a global ideas competition to improve the conditions and opportunities for the informal trading sector in Cape Town.

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FUTURE LAGOS | Uneven growth in Lagos

This Uneven Growth workshop explores the challenges and proposes solutions to the rapid growth underway in Lagos. The workshop forms part of a MoMA series of six interdisciplinary teams presenting growing megacities around the world.

Africa reinventing the city

Five reasons Africa needs to reinvent the city

Africa’s cities are facing some exciting, frightening and rapid change. UN-Habitat’s latest “State of African Cities” report attempts to map this change and create a tool for future-oriented urban planning. What are some of the insights of the report, and what can Cape Town as an African city learn from this?

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A new design for RDP housing in South Africa?

Do we need a new approach to the RDP housing being delivered in South Africa? Lawden Holmes, a finalist for the Better Living Challenge, shares his design for a housing unit which turns the unsustainable problem of backyard shacks into a solution

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A visit to an urban farm in Kenya

From PRI’s The World, theworld.org: Regina Wangari raises livestock — chickens, rabbits, and goats — on her urban farm in a dense slum of Nairobi, Kenya. City dwellers throughout sub-Saharan Africa are taking up farming to feed their families and to make a living.

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Lagos: Infrastructure and improvisation

A fascinating discussion from 2002, between Rem Koolhaas and Bregtje van der Haak on modern Lagos and Koolhaas’s research and impressions with the Harvard Project on the City on Lagos in Nigeria.

Langa Housing

Rebuilding & rethinking housing: The shack fires in the Langa Township

by Andrew Fleming
Another shack fire broke out in Cape Town’s townships last month, killing one woman and affecting 1,500 residents. Andrew Fleming reports on the City’s response and the attitude of residents, and reviews some recent initiatives that may alleviate the problem of shack fires in the short and long terms.
One life and 365 informal […]

#CityTalk II :The changing face of housing

By Kasey Klimes – founder of Secret Republic and guest at our upcoming #citytalk tweetchat
Somewhere in the tangle of urbanization, workforce mobility, housing affordability, gentrification, land use efficiency, transit access, economic opportunity and neighborhood social networks lies your bed. Yes, your bed. Where you sleep. From the moment you open your eyes there, […]