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The mural lights up every time a new streetlight is erected. Photo by @makhulu

Bridging communities through design

“Another Light Up” brings awareness of this issue to the CBD, while providing citizens with the opportunity to help. A multi-story piece entitled “The Harvest,” was erected in District Six next to De Waal Drive; Faith47 designed and painted the mural, and ThingKing installed an intricate lighting system on top of the mural’s image.

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How public transportation can reduce congestion

When will we change our mindsets and lifestyles?
Will Johannesburg’s Corridors of Freedom free us from our tight grip on privatized motor vehicles?

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The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 2005 
Photo: Wolfgang Volz

Art in Urban Spaces: Our next #CityTalk

[ March 19, 2014; 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm. ] It is well known that cities are ripe spaces for public art. By utilizing buildings, parks, and other city features as their canvases, artists are given the advantage of constant visibility and interaction with passersby. But what can public art do for a city that art housed by private institutions can not?

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Place-making in the city of Gdańsk, Poland

The City Culture Institute in the city of Gdańsk, Poland has brought its Old City Square (also called The Coal Market Square) to life. Previously used as a parking space or occasionally for fairs or concerts, for ten days the square has been turned into a lively, public space designed for people and their needs.

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This week on Metropolist: Cycling in the City

We continue our Cycling in the City series but this time we bring it to radio on our Metropolist show.

Courtesy of Young Projects

‘Match-Maker’ Urban Activation

Young Projects are helping New Yorkers celebrate love through an urban match making concept, that I think can lend some simulation for us to harness our love affair with our city even more.

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In Photos: Do you love Copenhagen?

We’re in a Copenhagen-mood and interviewing the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and its the Copenhagen Solutions exhibition in Cape Town. Our favourite photos of Copenhagen by Andrew Brauteseth is a reason to be in a Copenhagen-mood at any time

Urban design model of Abuja Nigeria

Book Review: Rogue Urbanism

According to Brett Petzer, this year’s bedside book for those perplexed, fascinated, enthused and enraged by the African city is Rogue Urbanism : Emergent African Cities edited by Edgar Pieterse and AbdouMaliq Simone. Read his preview here.

Its art and culture (The Soweto Theatre)

Dear World, Meet Johannesburg.

As a Joburger, I stopped feeling the need to defend my city to other South Africans and the world at large. It’s all there. All of its richness, golden energy and delights. It’s skylines, it’s nature, it’s ever-changing landscape, it’s energy and its technology. It’s there to defend it self without saying a word.
Maybe it’s time you got to know the real Johannesburg.

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The Start of a Future – The South African City Futures Project

The South African City Futures Project is a collaborative research project led by the South African Cities Network (SACN), in conjunction with the African Centre for Cities, Architects’ Collective and various partners.
The project is funded by the Johannesburg Development Agency and the Nelson Mandela Bay Development Agency.
The project is headed by Osmond Lange Architects & [...]