Freelance street photographer David van der Want observes the streets of Cape Town and communicates something about the places and spaces people use.
This week, we hear from Cape Town resident, Caryn Gootkin. Gootkin read law at Trinity Hall College, Cambridge and later became an attorney. Gootkin left the legal profession in 2009 and now works as a writer and copy-editor. She writes a regular column for The Media Online and serves on the board of directors of The Big Issue South Africa.
60 million people every year are heading into the cities and the UN estimates the trend is going to continue until 85% of the whole population end up living in the cities. With the vast migration to urban spaces, the challlenge is creating cities that are space efficient and intergrated.
As a society we are taught to distrust and isolate ourselves from strangers; yet this concept is flipped on its head as soon as we travel to a new place and become more open to exploration. How can we “unlearn” this tendency without having to leave the comfort of our own city?
A simple online app called Streetmix allows anyone to re-imagine a street by dragging and dropping different street elements. How might we collectively generate ideas for a better Long Street using this tool? Share your own ideas for Long Street and we’ll choose our favourites at the end of October.
The idea that the resilience of a city rests to a large extent on the people themselves was a point made by a number of participants of July’s #citytalk on resilience. Post-disaster, it is arguably always local people who do the most humanitarian and reconstruction work.
We hosted another #citytalk last week, this time looking at the impact of the global economic downturn on cities and their citizens. In response to eight questions over the course of an hour, here our highlights from your tweets across the globe:
Our cities and towns are the engines driving economic growth and they account for almost 80 percent of the world’s GDP. But if cities are engines of growth, then they are also significantly affected by a recession. Join our next #CityTalk when we will be discussing Recession cities.