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Design by activism: How we can use our public spaces to create change | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

We look back on our the event on the role and impact of activism in the shaping of the future of public spaces in South Africa.

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Why activism matters when designing public space | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

On May 4th, Future Cape Town and the Urban Design Institute of South Africa, platformed an event to discuss the future of public spaces and the vital role which activism plays to drive it forward.

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FUTURE CAPE TOWN | How to turn a parking bay into a public space?

This year on Friday 18 September, Future Cape Town, along with its partners Blok, Young Urbanists and Future Lagos, decided to use this opportunity in Cape Town and Lagos to challenge the current mindset that parking bays are only meant for cars.

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FUTURE CAPE TOWN l The day that Langa opened her streets

Thousands of residents across Cape Town recently flocked to Langa to walk its storied streets. Crime fears were allayed as visitors from the city’s more affluent suburbs walked the streets in safety. They form part of the Open Streets movement that fosters diverse community interaction in urban areas, designating the street as a positive social space.

Your City Idea installation takes to the streets

The Your City Idea installation, a shortlisted World Design Capital 2014 project, will pop-up on Lower Main Road in Observatory this Saturday.

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Creating an Open City one street at a time

The message was clear: we don’t need to go through long bureaucratic processes in order to start opening streets in Cape Town. People are ready to promote a city-wide movement. 
Over the weekend, we joined a conference organised by Future Cape Town to explore the concept of an “Open City”. In addition to inspiring and informative […]

Future Cape Town Open City Conference reaches 283,000

On 24 August 2013, Future Cape Town hosted its second mini-conference under the theme OPEN CITY at Cape Town City Hall, as part of the Open Design Festival.

Lower Main Road Turned into a Playground

On 25 May 2013, between 13:00 to 17:00, Lower Main Road from Main Road in Observatory to Malta Road in Salt River was closed off to cars and opened to people to experience their street differently. The opening ceremony was completed by a group of children who signed their names on the street in chalk, endorsing the Open Streets Manifesto. This invites everyone to treat all who use our streets with respect; to actively create inclusive public streets and to find ways to bridge the social divides of our city.

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Random acts of kindness, and respect, on Open Streets

How can daily random acts of kindness shift the culture and respect on South Africa’s streets?