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 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.
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 has led and facilitated 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 at events, 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.
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.
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
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 and was appointed by the SA Cities Network to curate the programme of South Africa’s 1st edition of the Urban Festival in 2020.
Rashiq is currently working on several initiatives, some of which include Sport and Community-led regeneration and inner city investment attraction and he has recently been appointed to curate RISE Africa 2021, which brings together ICLEI Africa’s network of 198 member cities, sub-national and local governments.
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.