Category Archives: Participation & Engagement

Two Views of Woodstock:Cape Town – “Upscaling” vs “Gentrification”

Here are two opposed views of the regeneration of an old area of Cape Town, Woodstock,   it seems inevitable that any upgrading or regeneration effort  runs the risk  being labeled ‘gentrification’ with its negative connotations of poor locals being … Continue reading

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See on Scoop.it – Things I Grab (Here and There): THgsIGrbHT Josh Dzieza plays the latest version with Stone Librande, its lead designer, and Jeff Speck, the author of ‘Walkable City.’ plerudulier‘s…

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Trevor Manuel – Minister of Planning: South Africa

From Daily Maverick – an interview with Trevor Manuel Minister of Planning – South Africa – on what the planning commission means and what it intends for working on South Africa’s extremely unequal demographics and poverty. Interviewing politicians can be … Continue reading

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Going With the Flow

With Climate Change and sea level rise a motivated topic of concern (or yawns- depending who you talk to!)  I found this article on the Netherlands approach to Sea level rise edifying. From the New York TImes via Archinect By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Container Urbanism

A timely essay by  MITCHELL SCHWARZER in Places  on the history of container architecture and urbanism – In South Africa various uses have been made using the ubiquitous shipping container – emblem of the consumer society to shape something different – … Continue reading

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MIT launches new research center on advanced urbanism

A great deal of effort is being put into research that could lead to new urbanists – of interest here is the emphasis on the role of projects rather than utopian design ideals and a seeming leaning towards Transdisciplinarity – … Continue reading

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Gates, Buffett, can you hear me? Patrice Motsepe gives away half of family fortune

African Rainbow Minerals chairman Patrice Motsepe announced on Wednesday that his family would give away half its fortune to charity, as a part of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s The Giving Pledge. He becomes the first African to do so. … Continue reading

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On the move: South Africa and migration

With all the information on the growth of cities, it is salient that the actual movements of people to these cities and the reasons for their movement are largely unacknowledged by the national and local authorities who have to provide … Continue reading

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Communities Aren’t Just Places, They’re Social Networks

From Richard Florida on Atlantic Cities – a book revue and author interview that is reminds us  of Christopher Alexander’ seminal paper “A city is not a tree” – “its’ a semi-lattice”  that makes the idea that proximity creates communities obviously … Continue reading

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Bill Moggridge 1943-2012

Bill Moggridge one of the design worlds greats has passed on after an inspirational life as foundering member of IDEO and author of Designing Interactions 2007 – and Designing Media 2010 here is  tribute to his life from dezeen Dezeen … Continue reading

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