Encounters with Angola

Photo exhibition explores contrasts of everyday life in Luanda, Angola.

A bricked-up window on Harrington Street in Cape Town. I like the fact that the bricked-up window looks fresher than both window and the door which are still in use.

Gone but not forgotten: Cape Town’s thomassons

An exploration of the useless elements in Cape Town’s built environment and what they can tell us about our relationship with our cities.


Cape Town eco-estates protect rich from reality of townships

A stone’s throw from the working-class township of Masiphumelele, the Noordhoek mountains are being transformed into exclusive “eco-estates” which preserve apartheid geography just as the Group Areas Act did, write Bruce Baigrie and Henrik Ernstson.


Affordable housing and the case for publicly-driven housing in African cities

Public sector provision of housing will not meet affordable housing needs by itself. But neglecting it in favour of solely an enabling approach is also a mistake, writes Hugo Halimi.


African smart cities: potential and pitfalls

Rapid urbanization, coupled with a race for better connectivity, offers an opportunity to introduce smart city initiatives in African cities. But smart cities come with their challenges.


What makes a bikeable city? Ideas to get Lagos cycling again

How Lagos can become a bike-friendly city.


Can we use housing interventions to fight TB in South Africa?

Tubercolosis is the top killer in South Africa. Building better houses could help reduce the spread of the disease, writes Stuart Denoon-Stevens.


Green spaces in cities good for mental health

The importance of safe green spaces in cities should not be underestimated, especially for mental health.


Co-production in action: Towards realising just cities

Publication from Mistra Urban Futures gives window into transdisciplinary work on urban development .


Urban Action Lab at Makerere University is in action

Urban Action Lab in Kampala to make crucial contribution from East Africa to pan-African attempts at facing urban challenges.

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