Young Urbanists

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What is Young Urbanists ?

Young Urbanists is a community for the next generation of urbanists, initiated by Future Cape Town. Young Urbanists are young people in their 20’s and 30’s, who have a willingness to engage with and support others in the community, share knowledge and will have an interest and passion in some of the diverse fields related to urbanism. Young Urbanists will aim to connect, energise and support the next generation of urbanists, who will influence, shape, develop and ultimately impact the transformation of our cities.

Throughout the year, events including field trips to sites, buildings and spaces, film nights, socials, informal lunches and dinners, job and networking opportunities are organised by members to expand connection and the potential to work together.

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26 August 2016

Our Winter Dinner 4.0 was hosted by Actuality, a firm in Cape Town which incorporates Systems Thinking, Demartini thinking, Biomimicry and multi-stakeholder engagement to work toward a positive and intentional image of future cities.  Shannon Roynen-Turner presented about the vision and work of the firm, and her team had prepared a delicious dinner of organic locally grown veggies for us to munch on. A fantastic evening!


Young Urbanists Dinner Winter 4.0 2016



2 August 2016

The Young Urbanists gathered at Philipp Fromm’s home for dinner with guest; Adam Beck. Adam shared his experience and knowledge about planning initiatives in various cities around the world. He is currently a strategic advisor, facilitator, peer reviewer and trainer for organisations advancing urban regeneration.

Young Urbanists Winter Dinner 3.0 July 2016













21 July 2016
Our Winter Dinner Series 2.0 was hosted by MAAK Architects. We learned about their recent project “Follies in the Veld” and other experiences of this brand new design studio which uses architecture as a vehicle make a positive impact on the lives of ordinary people. We also enjoyed some delicious cauliflower soup!

Young Urbanists Winter Dinner 2.0 MAAK July 2016














30 May 2016

The Young Urbanists members enjoyed an informal dinner at Royale Eatery with some students from Northeastern University, USA. These students were in South Africa on a 7 week programme entitled: ‘Right to the City’. Read more here


18 May 2016

Members had early morning coffee and muffins with Henk Ovink – Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands – at the Dutch Consulate in Cape Town. Ovink presented on his work with “Rebuild by Design” after hurricane Sandy in New York. Read more here.


13 May 2016

Members of  Young Urbanists took a fieldtrip to the site of Phase 1 of  the new, Lukhayo Hub development in Khayelitsha. The trip was hosted by Benjamin Mansfield. The Lukhanyo Community Farm and Hub is located on an area of 1.2 hectares of unused land owned by the Department of Education. It is being developed with a neighbouring informal settlement community living in an area called the BT Section. Read more here.

Image credit: Benjamin Mansfield

Image credit: Benjamin Mansfield













5 April 2016

Olamide Udo-Udoma from Future Lagos @iniudo joined the Young Urbanists at an informal get together hosted at Rashiq’s apartment in Sea Point. Read more about Olamide’s research here.

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Young Urbanists members participated in a field trip to Bellville hosted by The Greater Tygerberg Partnership. The trip comprised of an exhibition entitled; 7535, an Instagram workshop and Insta-walk (of the Bellville area) with Samantha Reinders. For more information read here

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19 March 2016:

Young Urbanists members participated in a guided walk through the vibrant spaces of Philippi village. Amor Strauss, the sites general manager, enlightened us about the transformation of what once was an old cement factory as well as current and future developments to fulfill the vision of creating an area for work, trade and recreational activities. For more information on Philippi Village read here.


20 February 2016:

Architect Thomas Chapman, founder and principle of @local_studio, joined the Young Urbanists at a breakfast get together in Woodstock. Thomas shared much insight on a few of his projects that resemble architecture of an African character and that respond to the surrounding community. Conversations on urbanism, public spaces and inclusive cities were discussed round the table and thoughts on possible solutions for improved future cities were shared.YU20160220_103928


02 February  2016:

2016 was officially welcomed in with the first Young Urbanists’ event of the year. The open night brought new and familiar faces around the Sea Point Parklet on 51 Regent Road for cold drinks and good conversation. The parklet proved itself to be an excellent public platform for soaking in the neighborhood’s vibes and making new fellow urbanist friends.


15 October 2015:

What’s next for Cape Town Stadium? Next Saturday, our Young Urbanists members will find out “on site”.
Five years have passed since the Football World Cape that radically transformed the Green Point Common into a world class sport facility hub. Yet the stadium, the most iconic building of the premises, still remains a mystery for many. Its design, its characteristics and its future can still be discussed. For these reasons, we have organised for our members a guided field trip to Green Point Stadium with Rashiq Fataar, Brett Pretzer and Christine dalle Vedove, who will tell us more about a building that has become, through praise and criticism, a landmark of the Mother City.


17 September 2015:

Future Cape Town organised a lecture with futurist and scenario planner Tanja Hichert, one of South Africa’s leading future thinkers. The lecture was hosted in the beautiful boardroom of dhk architects in de Waterkant. Young Urbanists member were challenged by the talk, “How to think about the future?”, to reconsider some assumptions of what planning in fast-changing world means.

Tanja Hichert's talk on how to think about the future

22 August 2015:

Future Cape Town organised a field trip to the under-construction Zeitz MOCAA museum, the first museum of contemporary art on the African continent, designed by British architect Thomas Heatherwick. The trip was hosted by the Museum direction Mark Coetzee and the museum director of institutional advancement Elana Brundyn, who explained the architectural and curatorial challenges of the new institution to the Young Urbanists Community. Read more about the museum here.

Young Urbanists on the rooftop to sneak peek on

12 August 2015:

The Young Urbanists community organised a film night where The Human Scale was shown and discussed at BLOK showroom in Sea Point. The Human Scale, a documentary realised by director Andreas Møl Dalsgaard, is a dialogue between architects and urban planners on how to re-think spaces for human interaction in contemporary cities . Watch the trailer here: ttp://

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04 August 2015:

The Young Urbanists community gathers every first Tuesday of every month for drinks and banter.

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9 July 2015

A Young Urbanist field trip took place in Khayelitsha to visit the Empowershack Project with Venezuelan architect Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban Think Tank, Andy Bolnick founder of NGO Ikhayalami and community leaders. In the visit to the site was shown the first prototype  house of the Empowershack Project owned by one of the community leaders  who share his experience and advantages of the project.


4 July 2015:

Future Cape Town and Blok property developers hosted a Placemaking Lab to encourage the re-imagining of the Sea Point Library site, in order to improve its surrounding spaces for the neighbourhood to become more active and inclusive. This consisted of observing, mapping, drawing and debating.


13 May 2015:

Future Cape Town hosted public lectures where 150 Young Urbanists, architects, designers, planners and creatives attended to listen to talks by Venezuelan architect Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban Think Tank and South African architect, Luyanda Mpahlwa of Design Space Africa. The event was top trending on Twitter nationwide.


13 April 2015:

A Young Urbanists film night took place on Table Mountain. Films displayed were produced in 1960 by the then Apartheid Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as marketing material to promote how townships and segregated communities were planned and delivered. These films highlighted the thinking of Apartheid planners through the four archival films.

23 February 2015:

Future Cape Town hosted the esteemed architect, Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban-Think Tank, during a Young Urbanists social at Ocean House. Brillembourg engaged with young urban leaders from diverse fields, and spoke about his work in South America and his newest project, the Empower Shack in Cape Town.

Couch conversation with Alfredo

09 February 2015:

Future Cape Town hosted an evening with Victoria Okoye from Accra, Editor of AFRICAN URBANISM, a blog on city development, design and planning, with a focus on West Africa. Victoria uses communications and media as a platform to discuss and write about African Urbanism in her blog and has written for African Centre for Cities from the University of Cape Town. She is highly involved in an urban improvement initiative focused on discussing urban poverty challenges and solutions in megacities like Lagos.

YoungUrbanists_group with Victoria Okoye