Can mapping informal taxi networks help legitimize them?

Mapping of informal taxi networks could help governments see them as legitimate forms of public transport, writes James Clacherty.


Encounters with Angola

Photo exhibition explores contrasts of everyday life in Luanda, Angola.

Nhlanhla - station

Exploring cities through film: Vaya captures Joburg’s ‘monstrosity’

Vaya’s treatment of people’s relationship with Johannesburg is grounded in the lived realities of some of its most marginalised residents.

A bricked-up window on Harrington Street in Cape Town. I like the fact that the bricked-up window looks fresher than both window and the door which are still in use.

Gone but not forgotten: Cape Town’s thomassons

An exploration of the useless elements in Cape Town’s built environment and what they can tell us about our relationship with our cities.


Re-thinking the homeless narrative in Cape Town

The reality of homelessness in Cape Town is more complicated than the deficiency narrative reproduced so often by wealthy city residents and city officials, writes James Clacherty.


Cape Town eco-estates protect rich from reality of townships

A stone’s throw from the working-class township of Masiphumelele, the Noordhoek mountains are being transformed into exclusive “eco-estates” which preserve apartheid geography just as the Group Areas Act did, write Bruce Baigrie and Henrik Ernstson.


Affordable housing and the case for publicly-driven housing in African cities

Public sector provision of housing will not meet affordable housing needs by itself. But neglecting it in favour of solely an enabling approach is also a mistake, writes Hugo Halimi.


Realising just cities: Mistra Urban Futures

Recap of the Mistra Urban Futures ‘Just City’ conference.


Untapped finance for African cities: Municipal bonds

Municipal bonds are increasingly seen as a way to plug the finance gap for African cities that face a chronic shortfall in urban financing.

Nairobi, Kenya - February 6, 2014:  Ripe fruits stacked at a local fruit and vegetable market on February 6, 2014. Nairobi, Kenya. The market is frequently visited by locals and tourists.

Innovations in urban food security research

How a multi-country research team is developing new ways of researching urban food security for the Consuming Urban Poverty project.

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