Cape Town: World Design Capital 2014

Cape Town has been in the news lately. In late October, the city won two accolades; first it was announced as the winner of the World Design Capital 2014 accolade and a week or two later, the landmark Table Mountain was declared the 7th Wonder of the World. Much has been made of the significance […]

Experts advocate for a review of Abuja’s masterplan

Growth and development in Nigerian urban areas had been generally unplanned and haphazard, adding to the  failure of government to provide basic infrastructure, plan for imminent growth and expansion, implement development plans and enforce development control, says a group of experts at a recent conference in Abuja. This was part of their call to have […]

Rapolitiki: South African dub band, still relevant after all these years

“The councillors & mayors ate their share, and they ate ours too”, begin Johannesburg based dub/raggae band Tidal Waves in their 2009 song “Rapolotika”. The song speaks of the corruption, apathy and dismay at the quality of leadership in our cities and is as relevant now as it was 3 years ago..Watch out for the […]

Viva Riva!!!

If Quentin Tarantino made a movie based in an African city, Kinshasa, with it’s gritty streets and bustling music would make for the ideal setting. Djo Tunda Wa Munga, a Kinshasa based director has now beat him to it with Viva Riva, a congolese gangster movie that shows the many sides of the city, one […]

Urbanised: A New Documentary by Gary Hurswit

Gary Hurstwit, well known for his previous two films, Helvetica and Objectified; recently launched his last film in this breathtaking trilogy about design in daily life. Titled Urbanised, the film looks at cities throughout the world and makes a commendable attempt at showing a diverse range of projects from accross the world that reveal the […]

Johannesburg is the greenest city in South Africa

The city has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per capita among the country’s four major cities, the lowest per capita electricity consumption and the second-highest amount of green space among 15 African cities surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit for its African Green City Index, the unit revealed on Tuesday. Though Johannesburg’s greenhouse gas emissions […]