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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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WATCH: Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

A photographic exhibition of Chinese urbanism in Africa. This exhibition was open to the public with the aims of broadening one’s knowledge on the China-Africa relationship with regards to the impact China has on the African continent.

Smoke rises from the waste heap at a saw-mill at a lagoon near the Makoko Riverine Slum in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos September 15, 2009. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA ENVIRONMENT EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS)

FUTURE LAGOS | 5 ideas to tackle pollution in Africa’s largest city

Pollution is not limited to Nigerian cities, but is a global- scale problem. However, with the right policies, planning and action Nigeria has the ability to leapfrog and curb environmental and human degradation if implementation starts now.

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THE NEXT ECONOMY: International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam calls for projects from Africa

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam calls for projects under the theme THE NEXT ECONOMY. Edgar Pieterse elaborates why this theme provides a fantastic opportunity for African urban designers, architects, landscape architects, academics, artists, planners, cities, universities, companies and social organizations.

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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?

A bird's eye view of part of Khayelitsha, South Africa's second largest township.

Africa and urbanisation: Re-imagining Africa’s realities

Two pieces published by the Daily Maverick present the challenging context of urbanisation for African cities. Considering 40% of the continent live in urban areas, what are innovative solutions for such complicated problems and where are the opportunities?

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Watch: What will South Africa look like by 2030?

What are the current challenges South Africa faces, and in the face of such issues, what might our country look like in 16 years? The following short clip provides an overview of South Africa’s current state and predicts a future of increased socioeconomic progress.

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Watch: New Cities Summit aims to re-imagine cities

Check out a short video review of this year’s New Cities Summit held in Dallas, Texas.

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Are cities the next big thing or just a fad?

[ February 19, 2014; 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm. ] Are cities being over discussed and just the latest fad? Join #CityTalk as we discuss whether the spotlight on cities will make way for another trendy topic in the future.