Pop Up Studio Explores Participation Design at London Festival of Architecture

Pop Up Studio Explores Participation Design at London Festival of Architecture

Courtesy of Cloud Architecture

Courtesy of Cloud Architecture

As part of the London Festival of ArchitectureCloud Architecture is conducting a participation-based research and design project from a pop up studio in Old Spitalfields Market in central London. Running until June 20th, the project aims to engage visitors to the market with the ideas and process of architectural design studios, which members of the public rarely…

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Arts and Culture Indaba a step forward in Cape Town

Arts and Culture Indaba a step forward in Cape Town

On 3 and 4 June 2014, the arts and culture community of Cape Town gathered at City Hall to participate in the second annual Arts and Culture Indaba. In light of Cape Town’s designation as World Design Capital 2014, the event served both as an opportunity to reflect on success so far, and how the City’s approach can be changed going forward.  Zayd Minty, Manager of the Arts and Culture Department…

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Voices of the City: Interview with Sharon Lewis

Voices of the City: Interview with Sharon Lewis

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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Can transport and urban design “speak with each other”?

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The design of our cities affects how we move around, and how we move around affects the design of our cities and ultimately, urban life. One city which has made major strides in getting transport and urban design to “speak with each other” is Toronto.Just before the New Cities Summit kicks off in Dallas, Editor Rashiq Fataar chats to Harold Madi, Director of Urban Design for the City of…

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The Cities This Week: Jozi Edition

The Cities This Week: Jozi Edition

Image. ITDP at flickr.com

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ELECTRICITY: Power cuts for Johannesburg

Eskom has asked City Power to cut back at least 300MW of electricity on Thursday or face deliberate power cuts, Johannesburg’s power supplier said. City Power was able to provide 190MW of this figure by ramping up of Kelvin Power Station, City Power said in a statement.

HOUSING: Johannesburg secures R2.6 billion housing function

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WATCH: The Towers Debate: Does London need more tall buildings?

WATCH: The Towers Debate: Does London need more tall buildings?

London's evolving skyline. Source: raph.ae// flickr

London’s evolving skyline. Source: raph.ae// flickr

Also read: Future Cape Town statement on the Cape Town Tall Buildings Policy

There are now proposals for over 230 new tall buildings to be built in London over the next decade, 80 per cent of which are residential. As London’s population continues to expand, is this high-rise vision of London’s future the right one for our city and its people?

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Can transport and urban design “speak with each other”?

New Cities Summit Dallas 2014

The design of our cities affects how we move around, and how we move around affects the design of our cities and ultimately, urban life. One city which has made major strides in getting transport and urban design to “speak with each other” is Toronto.Just before the New Cities Summit kicks off in Dallas, Editor Rashiq Fataar chats to Harold Madi, Director of Urban Design for the City of…

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The world’s best social housing projects?

The entry by Team Render for Homs, Syria. Image Courtesy of Render (Marwa Al-Sabouni & Khaled Komee)

A universal problem facing cities worldwide today is mass social housing. This issue manifests differently in different places: in some cases, housing built on modernist principles has proven unsustainable and socially problematic; in others, the challenge is to replace informal construction wit…

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Facebook reveals: Lagos leads global urban migration

Facebook reveals: Lagos leads global urban migration

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by Ayo Okulaja

Facebook data on coordinated migrations has revealed that Lagos has recorded the highest number of urban migration (movement/relocation of people from rural centres to urban cities) in the world at 18.6 per cent in a period of two years.

Coordinated migration over the world Source: FACEBOOK

Coordinated migration over the world
Source: FACEBOOK

The social media platform which is used by over 15 per cent of the earth’s population…

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#CityTalk: What is the Legacy of the World Cup?

#CityTalk: What is the Legacy of the World Cup?

by thisbigcity

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Image via Gabriel Cabral

With the World Cup in full fledge and some controversy associated with it and the 2022 edition, mega events in cities are back on the spot. It is hard to ignore that there has been a gigantic paradigm shift of how these events develop.

Increasingly so, developing nations have won the bids to host World Cups and Olympic Games in a way previously unseen with…

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