Agri Meets Design: Event Review

Agri Meets Design: Event Review

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For our lab, a group of diverse individuals met for a three-hour brainstorming session. The objective was to conceptualise how the Philippi horticultural area can be turned into a multidimensional site that interacts with the larger Cape Town area. This question was formulated based on Philippi’s current context. Currently, Philippi farmers produce 50% of the vegetables sold in Cape Town.…

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Department of Design opens in Cape Town

Department of Design opens in Cape Town

On 8 July 2014, the doors of Department of Design will open to Cape Town and South Africa for three weeks in the Provenance Auction House. Located in Gardens, the building will be transformed into a unique space to host workshops, lectures, discussions and events which promote collaboration and co-creation in the field of sustainability.

Envisioned and initiated by the Netherlands Consulate…

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Insider’s view of Lagos with architect Rem Koolhaas

It has clarified my relationship … and intensified my relationship with Africa Receive a first-hand account of architect Rem Koolhaas’ experiences working as a professional architect in the bustling city of Lagos.

WATCH: What if Cape Town knocked down its freeways?

WATCH: What if Cape Town knocked down its freeways?

What are some ways in which downtown Cape Town can be re-imagined?  A few key changes could fundamentally change the way the Cape Town bowl is integrated in with the harbour and sea. By moving the elevated freeway and current parking lots underground, the city gains not only space crucial to development, but also increased access to waterfront views. His proposed addition of two canals parallel…

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Can inspiring spaces spark collaboration?

Can inspiring spaces spark collaboration?

Can inspiring spaces foster people or groups to be more collaborative? 

This is approach being used at Department of Design in Cape Town, which is set to launch on 08 July, supporting South African – Dutch collaboration in the field of sustainability, using design and innovation thinking. The event aims to create collaborative opportunities between policymakers, officials, and the general…

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Cape Town unveils 2032 transport plan

Cape Town unveils 2032 transport plan

One of the City of Cape Town’s core objectives is to build an inclusive city where the legacy of our past is undone through linking people with opportunities and by creating an economically enabling environment for investment and job creation.

 -Patricia de Lille, Cape Town’s Executive Mayor

Last week, the City of Cape Town revealed its new urban transport plan during its Transport for Cape Town…

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Voices of the City: Papa Omotayo

Voices of the City: Papa Omotayo

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Voices of the City is a new, weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in cities. By asking the same five questions to all our interviewees, we discover not only how our experiences of differ, but also what we share. It is a daunting task to try and capture the diverse experiences of our city’s inhabitants, but we feel that it is a worthy, and…

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Do large events like the FIFA World Cup leave a legacy on their community?: A #CityTalk Review

Do large events like the FIFA World Cup leave a legacy on their community?: A #CityTalk Review

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Copyright Marcello Casal Jr

The aim of this month’s #CityTalk debate was to reflect on how communities may change in the long-term as a result of hosting large-scale events.  This year’s 2014 World Cup in Brazil presents a prime opportunity for South Africa to reflect how the 2010 Cup has affected the country.

What legacy has the World Cup left upon South Africa, and has the country benefitted as…

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Glasgow adds elevated athletics track to football stadium

Glasgow  revealed the city’s spectacular new world-class athletics arena following the stunning transformation of Hampden Park.

Voices of the City: Charne Simpson

Voices of the City: Charne Simpson

Voices of the City is a new, weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. By asking the same five questions to all our interviewees, we discover not only how our experiences of differ, but also what we share. It is a daunting task to try and capture the diverse experiences of our city’s inhabitants, but we feel that it is a worthy, and…

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