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How a two-story housing prototype aims to transform housing in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha.

Africa and urbanisation: Re-imagining Africa’s realities

(Republished from Future Cape Town). Recently South African online publication Daily Maverick published a number of pieces speaking to some of the consequences of urbanisation that often go overlooked by the public. In particular, two articles have risen key insights about service delivery and access in the face of large-scale urbanisation. In the article “Analysis: Africa’s … Continued

Can Cape Town’s apartheid structure be undone?

(Republished from Future Cape Town). Living in the Cape Town CBD, I forget that the area of the city is 2,455 km², which is actually bigger than Johannesburg, at 1,645 km². Then why does Cape Town feel so small for some and so large for others? Last week, Future Cape Town traveled to Langa for … Continued

Cape Town’s citizens vote on the streets

When the Open Streets event was finally confirmed for Saturday 26 October, we knew that it would be a good opportunity to get our Your City Idea installation (YCI) – now officially a World Design Capital, Cape Town 2014 project – onto the streets of Observatory (Lower Main Road, a 900m stretch closed to cars … Continued

The case for Bellville and Voortrekker Road (infographic)

The Future Tyger project kicked off on 26 August with a public conversation that engaged with those who live, work, learn, play, use health facilities or own businesses in the Voortrekker Road Development Corridor, including the Bellville Central Area (in Cape Town, South Africa). Future Tyger aims to positively impact on the future through developing … Continued

Urban housing in Cape Town: pressure cooker on the boil

Isiqalo is an informal settlement in Cape Town built on a sand mine and rubbish dump. The Legal Resources Centre is representing the community after they recieved an eviction notice from the city of Cape Town. Urban Housing in Cape Town: Pressure Cooker on the Boil from Zute Lightfoot on Vimeo. Feature image courtesy of … Continued

Can design shape identity, health and housing?

(By Marko Petrik/Future Cape Town). Read part 1 of this write-up, “Design alone cannot save the city” here.  On the 29th August 2013, Future Cape Town attended the Designing Democracy Seminar, held as part of the Open Design Cape Town Event. The event was hosted by DESIGNING_SOUTHAFRICA, and aimed to challenge creative professionals and specialists … Continued

Design alone cannot save the city

On the 29th August 2013, Future Cape Town attended the Designing Democracy Seminar, held as part of the Open Design Cape Town Event. The event was hosted by DESIGNING_SOUTHAFRICA, and aimed to challenge creative professionals and specialists in other fields to engage in developing creative solutions and strategies for shaping a just, equitable, resilient and … Continued

Five ideas from London that could work in Cape Town

London may not be able to compete with Cape Town’s weather and scenery, but we’ve narrowed down a list of five great aspects of London that could work just as well in the Mother City. 1. SHARED SPACE: EXHIBITION ROAD Credit: Charlotte Gilhooly This portal to some of London’s best museums allows for the (reduced) flow of vehicular traffic, … Continued