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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Comment: The new urban imperative for secondary cities

Linking policy-making and the New Urban Agenda with recent agreements on climate change and disaster risk reduction offers a strategy for financing the critically needed investments in today’s fast-growing intermediate cities.

Community-generated data crucial for implementing New Urban Agenda

Good urban planning can’t happen without a better understanding of informal settlements, advocates say.

New ‘Mapa dos Chapas’ public transport map for Maputo

A new route map for Maputo’s privately-operated minibuses will be launched later this year.

Can we actually agree on indicators to measure urban development?

Using global frameworks to guide local development and measure progress in cities is complex.