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Why the Philippi Horticultural Area matters : securing Cape Town’s water, food and economic security | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

Academics from the University of Cape Town unite in their disapproval of plans by the Mayor to build housing on the Philippi Horticultural Area. The argument has been further supported by Kevin James of GCX Africa recently.


INFOGRAPHIC: Ideas to tackle Cape Town’s big challenges

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

Photo from the Gates Foundation (flickr)

Part 1: An innovative approach to sanitation in Cape Town?

According to engineer Richard Palmer, the difficulty in Cape Town is not in providing flush toilets in slums. The difficulty is in connecting those toilets to the water, sewer and treatment plant infrastructure that make them work. He shares his thoughts, and an innovative way forward for the city to tackle sanitation, through studies, business plans and a more systems approach.

Philippi Farmland Site Plan

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.


Business & Sustainability: Our next #CityTalk

[ March 18, 2013; 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Sustainability enthusiasts often encourage individuals to make small changes their lifestyles, hoping for more significant change as a result of collective actions. However, for society to successfully complete its journey towards sustainability, larger stakeholders such as governments and businesses also need to be proactive in addressing sustainability challenges.

views of the farms and sea

What If – our spaces near the water became more public?

What If is a week long series showcasing some of the imaginative work produced by the UCT Architecture Masters graduates of 2012
Edition 4: The public spaces near our water.


In cities, millions still have no access to toilets

Did you know that 660 million Indians have no access to sanitary facilities for relieving themselves? A staggering 2.5 billion people worldwide have to cope with this, while 1.1 billion are forced to practice open defecation.


Tiny Urban Traces #2

Counting the ways I can shower thee, writes Future Cape Town’s Adriaan Bester.


Video-infographic: How can water & santitation change Africa?

How can Water & Sanitation change Africa?
Presented by the Institute for Security Studies and the Pardee Center for International Futures. Read the full publication at the Institute for Security Studies website. Publication: African Futures Policy Brief No 1 – Taps and Toilets
Produced by Cape Town based film production company, Echo Ledge Productions, who are based […]