Can South Africa’s Smart Cities Please Stand Up?

Can South Africa’s Smart Cities Please Stand Up?

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By Hylton Mitchell

Cities are the crucible of our urban experience and for the first time in human history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. We are now truly living in an urban century where our cities are expanding at an unprecedented rate and depending on whom you ask, it is estimated that in the second half of this century, our planet will be dominated by cities with an urban…

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Have your say at the Future Foreshore Exhibition

Have your say at the Future Foreshore Exhibition

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Location: City Hall (2nd floor) Darling Street, Cape Town
Duration: 14 – 25 April 2014
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm weekdays, 10am – 1pm Saturdays, closed Sundays

The Your City Idea installation, a shortlisted World Design Capital 2014 project, will stand  in the City Hall from 14-25 April as part of the Future Foreshore Exhibition.The installation is a 2 metre tall yellow box that displays two…

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Watch: The City is the People

Watch: The City is the People

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By Olamide Udoma

Cities are complex; not easy to understand, not easy to decipher, and not easily labelled. They are organisms that can be experience in a variety of ways that speak to all senses; taste, touch, smell, hear, and sight. Using an array of media the city’s story can be an entry point of exploration and understanding.

As part of the Cinecity Architectural Film Project 2013, Lindsay…

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WATCH: How public spaces make cities work

WATCH: How public spaces make cities work

More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play. Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city’s newest public…

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Innovative designs for the New York Waterfront

Innovative designs for the New York Waterfront

By Vanessa Quirk.

On 03 April 2014 BIG, along with 9 other teams including OMA and WXY, unveiled their proposals for “Rebuild by Design,” a competition which tasks teams with improving the resiliency of waterfront communities through locally-responsive, innovative design. Each proposal was required to be “flexible, easily phased, and able to integrate with existing projects in progress.” As Henk…

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Temporary Cities: Our next #CityTalk

Temporary Cities: Our next #CityTalk

By Joe Peach at This Big City.

Temporary City #CityTalk

Is temporariness the most important contemporary urban issue? (And yes, temporariness is indeed a word). When architect, researcher and friend of This Big City Alison Killing got in touch asking us that very question, we couldn’t help but think it was the ideal topic for our next #CityTalk tweetchat, which, as ever, we’ll be hosting with This Big City.


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1 million passengers a month for MyCiti?

1 million passengers a month for MyCiti?

The introduction of several new MyCiTi routes since November 2013 has seen an impressive 89% growth in passenger numbers, highlighting the demand for quality public transport in Cape Town.

Monthly passenger trips grew from 402 880 in November 2013 to…

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Makoko: ‘Venice of Lagos’

Makoko: ‘Venice of Lagos’

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By Olamide Udoma

Makoko is situated on Lagos mainland, Nigeria. It is a large low-income community with half the population on water and half on land.

Sea of houses Image: Ben Chislett

Sea of houses
Image: Ben Chislett

18th Century 

The date of conception for Makoko is debateable, but the majority of literature and articles assert that it was established in the 18th Century as a fishing village. Over the many years, thousands of…

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Top Design(s) Chosen For Naspers Centre

Top Design(s) Chosen For Naspers Centre

On 4 April 2014 Future Cape Town attended the announcement event for the winner of the Reimagining An Icon Design24 Competition to reimagine the facade of the Naspers Centre in the Foreshore of Cape Town. Rashiq Fataar, our Managing Director, was one of the panel judges that decided on the winner and runners up. However, from the total 94 designs that were entered, not one fully met all the…

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