If you don’t know already, Creative Week Cape Town started yesterday and will be a week-long of user-generated/independent events around the city.
So yeah, a busy
week month (see our #MOD 2012 Month of Design 2012 page), but these were the stories, videos and links that made us think for a second this week:
NEW YORK: The Lowline Park is getting more traction with an exhibit of their plans running this week. Basically, the Lowline will be an underground park (remember the Highline?). Untapped Cities’ Ben Huff wrote this interesting article about the project which also includes videos from the exhibit. Here’s even a nice Kickstarter video that you watch on the Lowline.
GLOBAL: You probably think that cities have become denser over the years? Wrong. Dr Shlomo Angel spoke with Monocle’s Andrew Tuck on his research showing that many global cities had densities that peaked in 2010 and has declined since. The article also explains briefly why denser cities are necessarily better for the future.
GLOBAL: If you missed it earlier in the week, here is that amazing video on oil and its effects on global economies. The video is beautifully designed and is so simple to understand.
SOUTH AFRICA: How’s that petrol price hike been? We discovered this cool little (flash) animation tool which explains where and to whom all the different parts of the price of petrol in South Africa goes to. South Africa desperately needs to become less depedent on the global oil markets (if you looked at the video above) – we’re in for big shocks, especially with our poor uptake of a public transport culture.
CAPE TOWN: The City of Cape Town have announced plans of setting up a partnership with the University of Cape Town on figuring out what the future will be of the Foreshore Freeways. Students will be required (as part of their curriculum) to devise a sustainable plan. Hopefully this also include the option of completely demolishing them. What do you think should happen to the Foreshore Freeways?
LONDON: Plans have been released by London’s Mayor to study the viability of elevated bicycle lanes along heavily utilised corridors in the city. Many people this is a crazy idea – that there’s enough space on the roads as is and that better options (without elevated lanes) should be looked at. Will it kill the city like freeways did?