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.
The second event in the series ‘The future of public space’ will consider the role and impact of activism in the shaping the future of public spaces in South Africa and the potential for sustainable, long-term, systemic change.
Bold Idea: Prevent the building of a mall and transforming Princess Vlei into a successful public space. Central to this bold idea is engagement with all stakeholders, including the local communities, professionals, government, and developing a single goal for all parties for the design and use of the vlei. This is a bold idea because such convergence is sadly rare in South Africa.
“First came the Nazis, then the Communists, and now the tourists.” The citizens of Prague may feel weighed down by the constant invasions of the last century, but, for better or worse, its architecture and history have made tourism the driving force of the city’s economy. This edition of Ideas from Cities picks up some ideas from this hotspot, beyond the buildings, which could work in Cape Town too.
The 2011 documentary film, Ekümenopolis by Imre Azem, presents a picture of the state of urban planning and development leading up to today’s current protests in Gezi Park.
The biggest cycling weekend of the year passed by as scores of cyclists descended on Cape Town…all semi or completely naked. Read about the group of cyclists who bared all for cycling safety in Cape Town on 9th March.