Brett Petzer of Future Cape Town and Olamide Udo-Udoma of Future Lagos reflect on the perceptions and influences on public space in each city, and how their work has been shaped – and whether either city could learn from the other.
The future of African cities is a common feature on the conference circuit, but where does this vision come from and who is leading it? Charlotte Scott reports from the Africities conference in Johannesburg.
Charlotte Scott demystifies the work of Ashley Buchalter in mapping the interaction between the local government, the City of Cape Town and a leading activist organisation in access to sanitation, the Social Justice Coalition.
Is the public in Cape Town participating in public processes and does this impact the development of the city. This infographic draws on statistics from the Public Participation Unit in the City of Cape Town’s Annual Report 2011/2012.
On the Saturday 26 October Future Cape Town had the opportunity to put up our Your City Idea (YCI) installation on the streets of Observatory. The Your City Idea (YCI) installation intends to engage citizens in public spaces by asking them questions and allowing them to vote.
Great design always starts with a great question. So when it comes to planning the future of Long Street, the starting point cannot be “how do we pedestrianize this space?” but rather “what can this space do for Cape Town?”
Bold Idea: Shahid Solomon presented on the Voortrekker Corridor Project, which seeks to engaged the public in a vision process to improve the economic attractiveness and residential conditions of the area around Voortrekker Road Corridor and the Bellville node. It is a bold idea because it requires considerable investor buy in and support from the community and plans to be one of Cape Town’s most extensive and imaginative public engagement processes ever.
In this op-ed, Future Cape Town’s Brett Petzer and Rashiq Fataar question whether South Africa’s “mother city” will learn from the global Urban Spring playing out in cities across the developing world, as citizens seek to topple spatial and political regimes that do not put people first.
The third Future Cape Town Summit, entitled The Engaged City, took place on the 29th of July, 2013 and was hosted at the Taj Hotel Cape Town. The meeting was a small gathering of urban planning, design and architecture professionals, city officials, and NGOs with an interest in urban issues.
Future Cape Town has called for a meeting on the state of public participation in Cape Town. Entitled “Engaged City”, the purpose of the summit is to tackle the issue of public participation and engagement around urban developments and policies, and to find practical ways forward.