About Rashiq Fataar

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Rashiq Fataar is an urban practitioner and is the founding director of Our Future Cities (OFC) – an urbanism organisation and consultancy based in Cape Town, South Africa.

For over a decade Rashiq Fataar has worked collaboratively with government, business and citizens on projects to shape cities, communities and spaces to become more future-focused, innovative and inclusive.

Our Future Cities (OFC) has been recognised as one of the leading platforms for cities, urban sustainability and planning in Africa and reaches over 120,000 followers on social media.

Through the whole-of-society approach Fataar and his team have worked across multiple cities, consulting to and partnering with some of the most progressive and leading entities and organisations. Some of whom include: Urban Lime, Blok, the Dutch Consulate, SA Cities Network, ICLEI Africa

Fataar leads the research, processes and programmes of OFC which revolve around the intersection of urban planning, housing and public space development, design processes, urban policy, culture, mobility, creative engagement and economics.

In addition to being the editor of the Our Future Cities blog, Fataar has contributed to several books and publications e.g. Movement Cape Town, The Cape Town Book , Cape Town: Densification as a Cure for a Segregated City and the Global Street Design Guide.

Fataar leads and facilitates challenging dialogues between different sectors of society around affordable housing, safer public spaces and streets, inclusive design and planning processes and equitable neighbourhood and inner-city development. 

He lectures internationally, some of which have included the MAS Summit in New York,  Smart Cities Expo World Congress in Barcelona and Casablanca, the Cities for Life conference in Paris and the 1st edition of the Future Cities Summit in Toronto .  

As an educator he served as adjunct faculty for the CIEE Global Sustainability Programme and has worked with visiting student programmes from Northeastern University (USA), Strelka Institute (Russia), the University of Botswana and others.

Rashiq’s work and ideas have featured in Icon Magazine and The Guardian, BBC Future, and on Monocle TV and , as well as in exhibitions at the Guggenheim Bilbao, Vitra Design Museum and the FRAC Centre.

Fataar is currently a member of Heritage Western Cape’s Impact Assessment committee and one of 100+ invited Placemaking-X leaders. Has formally served on the board of Cape Town Tourism, Sustainable Cities Collective and founded the Young Urbanists group in 2013.

As a curator he co-curated Department of Design in 2014 with Christine de Baan, the #cocreateDESIGN Festival 2018 and 2019, the Constructing Future Cities residency , South Africa’s 1st edition of the Urban Festival 2020 and RISE Africa 2021.

Rashiq is currently working on several initiatives, some of which include Sport and Community-led regeneration, city investment attraction, affordable housing development and a new film project title Good Hood.

Rashiq holds a Bachelor of Business Science in Actuarial Science degree from the University of Cape Town with a major in finance and economics and previously worked at one of the largest insurance companies in South Africa.