August House is Dead, Long Live August House! by Kim Gurney

August House: Where art and city-making meet

                      Writer, artist and research associate at the University of Cape Town’s African Centre for Cities (ACC), Kim Gurney pens a new book on the evolving art space, August House in Johannesburg. August House is Dead, Long Live August House! The Story of a Johannesburg … Continued


Pointers from Asia for urbanization in Africa

Africa and Asia are latecomers to urbanization. In these two continents, less than half live in urban centers, while elsewhere, more than 70% of people do. But Africa and Asia are now rapidly urbanizing, with Asian cities growing at an average of 1.5% per year and Africa’s at 1.1% per year. While the world’s largest … Continued


Open Streets Cape Town launches toolkit

Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT), a non-profit organisation working to create shared spaces that help bridge spatial and social divides in the city, launches an Open Streets toolkit. OSCT is based on the successful Ciclovía movement from Bogotá, which transforms streets into car-free public spaces every Sunday. This movement has spread to more than 400 cities … Continued

Masters in Southern Urbanism2

New Masters in Southern Urbanism

Seeking to address the knowledge vacuum generated by the multitude of environmental, economic and social crises manifesting in cities in the Global South, due to rapid urbanisation, African Centre for Cities (ACC), rooted at the University of Cape Town, launches a new Masters in Southern Urbanism (an MPhil specialising in Urban Studies).

The 2030 Agenda: Sustainable Urbanisation and the Research-Policy Interface – Issues for the G20

G20 and the question of urbanisation

This week, leaders of the world’s twenty largest economies will be meeting in the German port city of Hamburg. Since the creation of the Group of 20 (G20) in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2008, issues on its agenda traditionally include global economic growth, free trade and financial market regulation. For this … Continued

District Six Residential neighbourhood of District Six on the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa - Cloete Breytenbach

Views of District Six

James Clacherty shares contrasting views of District Six in Cape Town that highlight this urban wound at the heart of the city.

FOLIO Contemporary African Architecture Journal

New Contemporary African Architecture Journal launched

                  FOLIO a new annual on contemporary African architecture has been launched in South Africa, coinciding with this year’s Africa Day celebrations. According to founding editor Professor Lesley Lokko, the idea was sparked at a meeting of the heads of architecture schools in 2015 where an intense … Continued

African Development Bank Group

Job: Chief urban mobility specialist

African Development Bank is looking to appoint a Chief urban mobility specialist in its Infrastructure, Cities and Urban Development Department.


Call for Submissions: The Urban Transcripts Journal

Launched in March of 2017, The Urban Transcripts Journal is an online quarterly publication that aims to unravel the complexity of the City through a synergy of verbal and visual content. Our core mission is to advance a multitude of knowledges of the City, formulated through creative media, research inquiry, urban design and planning practice. … Continued


Start from where you are: the case for a community-led affordable housing model

Poor urban residents have been successfully housing themselves while states struggle to meet housing demand. James Clacherty explores how an informal, community-led housing model might be able to meet growing urban housing demand.

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