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