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WATCH: Open source urban design

Kirsten Wilkins and asks how the inhabitants of a city can participate in urban design decisions. Open source urban design invites more public participation in urbanism. Wilkins states that ‘We are all fluent in a non-verbal language of space-making.’

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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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Housing Demolition and the poor

The demolition of affordable housing stock is very current now in the United States. To understand this upside-down world of housing politics, at least as it collides with the lives of the urban poor, we have to understand the moral panic that has developed around the concept of concentrated poverty.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Ideas to tackle Cape Town’s big challenges

Energy, water, food and labour absorption challenges presented along with key ideas and opportunities at the recent Accelerate Cape Town AGM.

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Thoughts on a world class African city

On 8 July 2013 the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that an advertisement of the City of Johannesburg in which it referred to itself as a “world class African city” was “misleading”. According to ASA, the city had made various misleading claims in the advertisement, namely that it was financially secure, environmentally friendly and had continuously created employment opportunities despite the economic downturn.

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Stewart Brand: Why squatter cities are a good thing.

Rural villages worldwide are being deserted, as billions of people flock to cities, to live in teeming squatter camps and slums. And Stewart Brand says this is a good thing. Why? It’ll take you 3 minutes to find out.

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Inspiring Change for Regenerative Cities

The world is undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in human history. For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population is living in towns and cities and the number of urban residents is growing by nearly 60 million every year.

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Part 2. Food in the city : Enough for all?

Part 1 of food in the city introduced us to two major food growing initiatives in Cape Town. But how different are they? And can urban food growing meet the city’s fruit and vegetable consumption needs? Here is Part 2.

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Food in the City part 1: A tale of two gardens

Steven Bland gets his hands dirty to explore the state of urban food growing in Cape Town in the first of this two part series.