Alistair Mackay returns from Germany, with fresh insights on urban regeneration in the country, in particular in Hamburg. He looks
One evening in February a few members of our Future Cape Town team visited the playground in Hangberg, Hout Bay.
During a press conference at COP17 this morning, Edna Molewa – Minister of Environmental Affairs in South Africa – called technological development ‘critical’ for cities to become more sustainable. In our sixth article in a series of 17 Sustainable Ideas for COP17, Alistair Mackay recalls his time in South America a few months ago. In particular the efforts being made by Brazil as a whole, in tackling climate change. He attributes the good quality of air to the use of gas by many vehicles and the development of the Rio metro system. He questions whether emerging nations are truly committed to mitigating the effects of Climate Change, which is achievable along with high economic growth.
Cities can either plan for densification, or be prepared to face the unplanned consequences of densifying sporadically. Cape Town can no longer afford to wait, given the increasing impact of urbanization, and the real cost of urban sprawl, writes Alistair Mackay.