A weekend conversation: Where should local government be located?

A weekend conversation: Where should local government be located?

With the weekend firmly in view, Brett Petzer and Rashiq Fataar kickstart conversations – and invite you to finish them in Comments. These dialogues are freeform to encourage debate and let in a little fresh air on some classic debates about the present and future of our cities. So, please take sides and join in.  Rashiq Fataar: I had a thought this week: where should local government…

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Photo Diary: Alexander Forbes Headquarters

Photo Diary: Alexander Forbes Headquarters

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by Shaakira Chohan

The Alexander Forbes Headquarters, located in the Sandton district of Johannesburg is a revolutionary development.  It is an accredited five-star ‘Green Star’ rated building due to the merit of its environmental sustainability.  Designed by Paragon Group Architects, the building has many innovative features, including S-shaped scalloped walls, fluid curves, plant-filled…

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City of Eden walking tours

City of Eden walking tours

By Dimitri Selibas

PRESERVATION: Cities around the world are trying to preserve natural spaces within the urban jungle. Such spaces not only create green havens for citizens to enjoy, but can provide a platform for creating jobs. If nurtured and developed correctly, this can have a huge impact in South Africa, says the writer

PRESERVATION: Cities around the world are trying to preserve natural spaces within the urban jungle. Such spaces not only create green havens for citizens to enjoy, but can provide a platform for creating jobs. If nurtured and developed correctly, this can have a huge impact in South Africa, says the writer

Imagine this: you are on a national heritage site upon which stands an…

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Serious about green roofs: Are Cape Town and Durban serious?

Serious about green roofs: Are Cape Town and Durban serious?

The previous part of the “Serious about Green Roofs” series investigated four international green roof case studies. I identified four key lessons that we can learn from these cases to help with creating our own green roof industry. Now we can take a look at two national case studies as a comparison.

The only incentive towards green roofs in South Africa is a sustainability rating tool called the

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The World’s Tallest Slum: Relocations begin

The World’s Tallest Slum: Relocations begin

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by Kate Watkins

Monday night began the relocation process of thousands of inhabitants living in Venezuela’s Torre de David (Tower of David), the world’s tallest slum, according to reports by Venezuelan newspaper Últimas NoticiasBBC Mundo and tweets from journalists following the coverage. The relocation initiative is being…

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Producing energy from waste treatment

Also read: Addressing Climate Change With technology that optimises the digestion process of sludge from waste water treatment, …

Watch: What will South Africa look like by 2030?

Watch: What will South Africa look like by 2030?

Given the past twenty years of democracy, many in South Africa are asking: what will come next?

How will the country continue to grow and develop in an inclusive way, especially in the face of large-scale urbanisation and the slowing of economic growth?  As reflected by the Minister of Economic Development, truly “infrastructure is the catalyst that can change this country.”  Continued…

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Can preparing for Climate Change have social benefits?

Can preparing for Climate Change have social benefits?

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Also read: Addressing Climate Change in Cape Town

Kristian Foreman, founder of Zones Urbaines Sensibles, led the build up to Department of Design’s “Preparing for Climate Change” workshop with a lecture on integrating the environmental,social and economic agenda when investments are made to prepare for Climate Change. He was joined by and Anton Cartwright, green economy Mistra Urban Futures…

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Voices of the City: Lola Adefope

Voices of the City: Lola Adefope

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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Cape Town’s rich collection of street art has won the attention of both locals and foreigners with features in publications such as the BBC News and France24.

One artist, Grant Jurius, has harnessed this interest and has begun a tour initiative called The Street is the Gallery. Mr Jurius gives tours of two thriving hubs of street art: Woodstock and Mitchells Plain. His work is part business, part community upliftment:

“The tours are about giving insight into communities in our city via street art and graffiti. Cape Flats and coloured culture are for the most part misunderstood and we look a little bit at how the art reflects and is affected by the surroundings and the laws in place, be it by the city or street values.”

During our tour, Future Cape Town learned that many of the works one sees, especially in Woodstock, are a result of collaborations between local and international artists. In 2011, A Word of Art, an artist residency program, collaborated with the apparel company adidas to bring in 13 artists, both local and international, to paint large scale public art projects throughout the city of Cape Town.  This project, called “i Art Cape Town,” stimulated further works to be commissioned and painted on the residential buildings of the largely Muslim and Cape coloured community.

During the tour with Mr. Jurius, one man approached us and recommended his favorite mural on a different street, showing his pride that these artworks were in his community. More collaborative processes should happen among artists and citizens, which would lead to the beautification and renewal of urban spaces. This would truly fulfill the mission of World Design Capital 2014 to use design for real change. As the Cape Town’s designation reaches its six-month halfway mark, it would be inspiring to see similar projects realized.

Grant Jurius is the founding member of the Burning Museum Collective, a group of five individuals who perform site-specific interventions with wheat pastes of photos of former residents of District Six and other areas of forced removals. All five members come from areas that these residents were moved to, such as Bellvile, Grassy Park, the Northern Suburbs, and Elsis River. Their work is a point of self-reflection and an exploration of where they come from. 

For more information on The Street is the Gallery, click here. 

For more information on the Burning Museum Collective, click here.

Local artist Grant Jurius leads community initiative showcasing street art in Woodstock Cape Town’s rich collection of street art has won the attention of both locals and foreigners with features in publications such as the…