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5 ideas to shape the future of housing in South Africa | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

“Co-creating the future of housing South Africa” successfully engaged dialogue among government officials, private sector designers, and NGO leaders in the housing industry to collaboratively form key lessons to move forward South Africa’s housing crisis.

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Wescape: Why build a new city for 800, 000 people more than 40km away from Cape Town? | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

The City of Cape Town has approved the moving of the urban edge to accommodate the creation of a new city 20 kilometres from Cape Town up the west coast – we explore some of the pressing issues around this development.

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Walking the walk of reforming South Africa’s cities : Interview with Barbara Soutworth | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

Urban designer and planner Barbara Southworth asserts the virtue of integrated planning that puts people first in remaking cities.

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Vote: The Wescape Development

The controversial Wescape development has move one step closer as amendments to the urban edge are approved. Vote in our poll.

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Urban sprawl isn’t to blame: unsustainable cities are the product of growth fetish

Mounting evidence shows that high density development in inner areas performs very poorly in terms of resource consumption and greenhouse emissions. The idea that outer suburbs are inherently less sustainable than inner ones doesn’t bear scrutiny. The key question is not where we accommodate growth; it’s our slavish pursuit of growth itself.

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WATCH: Urban Sprawl Kills

What’s our planet’s greatest threat? You’ll be surprised to find out…

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The facts: Philippi Horticultural Area

[ August 6, 2013; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] The Phillipi Horticultural Area (PHA) has been in the spotlight of later as the Mayor of Cape Town pushes through a recommendation which could see housing being developed on this land. In anticipation of the decision, the Phillippi community and Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance have shared their facts on the matter.

Cape Town city bowl. Photo by Mike Smuts (InsideSouthAfrica). License Creative Commons.

7 ideas to tackle urban sprawl

From the first Future Cape Town Summit, covering Urban Sprawl: 7 major highlights and ideas on the contextual constraints of Cape Town and possible future steps toward denser inclusive communities.

Future Cape Town calls summit on urban sprawl

Future Cape Town has called for a meeting on the topic of urban sprawl on 02 May 2013. Entitled “Drawing the line on urban sprawl”, the purpose of the summit is to stimulate inclusive ideas as well as honest and rational debate on the issue, in light of recent developments proposals north of Cape Town.

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Recovery of the Real: Up Close Cape Town

This series of posts will look at a few of the projects produced by the students of Unit 17 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, during a field trip to Cape Town. The first project to feature is entitled ‘Strategy for Philippi Farming’. This project defines a strategy for the 4528 hectares of mixed unconsolidated land of Philippi, to intervene in the unregulated mining industry re-mediating the landscape to harness water and wind for the production of energy and food. It proposed solutions to macro instability at micro level, proposing to intensify the productivity of the Phillippi community so they could absorb external fluctuations whilst prospering through internal enterprise.