Access denied

How Gauteng’s gated communities keep insiders in, outsiders out, and leave the national project on the back foot.

Planning education gets a makeover

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovation promotes context-specific planning education and has been unrolled practical research projects to find solutions to Nairobi’s slumdwellers’ needs.

Tiny houses: new ideas for informal housing?

Tiny houses offer minimalist housing to those who can afford them. Could this new trend lead to developments that benefit the poor?

‘Cool shacks’ to fight Cape Town summer heat

Using material from recycled plastic, researchers at the University of Cape Town have found a way to keep shacks cooler in summer.

The Open Streets manifesto

The team at Open Streets has just released a new video that shows how they’re working to re-imagine our city streets.

Green assets as an infrastructure alternative

Kerry Bobbins explains how investment in Green Infrastructure can benefit South Africa’s cities.

Enhancing safety through upgrading: Experiences from Cape Town

Mercy Brown-Luthango from the African Centre for Cities shares preliminary findings from a research project that looks at the effectiveness of different urban upgrading approaches in Cape Town’s informal settlements with regards to safety.

(D)urban Regeneration: Rivertown

In recent months certain areas in Durban’s Central Business District have undergone a transformation with the aim of creating a welcoming environment for local and international visitors, as well as new businesses. Urban regeneration, as this process is referred to, is defined by the Virginia Tech Metropolitan Institute as “regenerating cities and early/inner ring suburbs […]

Car-free on Bree: Open Streets in Cape Town

Cape Town’s Bree Street was closed to cars on Sunday for Open Streets, which aims to change the way that streets are used and perceived. UrbanAfrica’s photo gallery shows how citizens reimagined the urban terrain.

Car-free in Cape Town

Open Streets is coming to Cape Town, Sunday January 18.