Johannesburg mayor: We must ‘change the way we move around the city’

Johannesburg’s mayor discusses how major commercial district Sandton has been turned into an experiment in urban mobility.

Surfing the waves of Joburg’s informal waste economy

Johannesburg’s street surfers recycle a big chunk of the city’s waste, facing harassment and hardship in the process.

Telling Time: Bamako Encounters

After two years of interruption following conflict in Mali, the photography biennale, Bamako Encounters, returns to Bamako.

Urban foodscapes: the Accra experience

Accra’s street food scene provides the basis for understanding Accra’s culinary identity and economies of access to different types of foods.

The rise and fall of Malawi’s urban green spaces

Despite being known as the ‘Garden City,’ Malawi’s capital city Lilongwe faces increasing pressure on its green spaces, many of which have fallen to ruin.

Urbanizing in the Dark: Accra’s ‘Dumsor’ Chronicles

Jane Lumumba takes a look at Accra’s energy crisis.

Bridging the water and sanitation gap in Malawi’s informal settlements

How a Malawi non-profit is improving sanitation services for the urban poor.

The long wait for housing in Malawi

At least 21,200 new houses need to be built annually to meet the demand for housing in Malawi’s urban centres. But a lack of political will is putting the brakes on housing delivery.

Mind the Gap

Kim Harrisberg takes a hard look at the inequality that haunts South Africa’s streets, through interviews with men living and working beneath a bridge in the wealthy suburb of Sandton.

Capital Cairo: a regime of graphics

Adham Selim critiques the viability of the new Egyptian capital city, which presently exists in the realm of imagination and visualisation.