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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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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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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…

Real-life development through serious gaming

Real-life development through serious gaming

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Marcus Vlaar, creative director of Ranj Serious Games, wrapped up our Serious Games session. He explained that the use of gaming is in one’s ability to arrive at new solutions (but also to reveal new problems) that one may not have arrived at from more traditional methods of thinking. The objective of serious games is thus to make illusions so realistic that they encourage creative strategies…

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Serious Games for urban planning

Serious Games for urban planning

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Tygron, a company that creates serious games for urban development, hosted part of the Serious Gaming workshop. Tygron’s products were created out of a need for city planners to be able to conceptualise development initiatives before they are put into policy.

The game they introduced integrates a Sims-like gaming platform with real-life indicators taken from GIS information systems and city…

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Designing better water health for the Liesbeek

Designing better water health for the Liesbeek

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Neil Armitage, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town, opened up the Healthy Rivers workshop by analysing the Liesbeek River Catchment area. By providing the audience a current context of the state of the river, the objective was to get the audience to think of creative ways to improve it for the future. Currently around the Liesbeek, land use is mainly residential. Due…

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Voices of the City: Fred Hayman

Voices of the City: Fred Hayman

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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Food Security in the South African Context

Food Security in the South African Context

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Kicking-off the first week of workshops at Department of Design was an examination of food security from the South African perspective. Our first speaker, Mzokhona Mvemve from East London Industrial Development Zone, provided listeners with a synopsis of food security, the agricultural economy and politics within the South African context, as well as what needs to be done for the future.

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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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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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