Do public participation and planning processes really include all people? Adam van Heerden studied informal waste-collectors or “skarrelers” as part of his award-winning Masters of City and Regional Planning thesis.
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.
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?”
Heliópolis is known as one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in São Paulo, with 120,000 people living in an area of less than one square mile. Legend has it that architect Ruy Ohtake once called it the ugliest part of the city, prompting members of the UNAS community organization to ask him to help make it beautiful.
Future Cape Town hosted its third summit on the topic of public participation and engagement. Public engagement can be difficult, but when we brought together thought leaders from different sectors at our last summit it created a fertile ground for an amazing amount of ideas. Here we include nine ideas how to tackle public participation.
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.
A proposed shopping mall brings communities together to defend a historical body of water. Future Cape Town’s Rashiq Fataar interviews Bridget Pitt, representative of the Princess Vlei Forum, to begin to unpack the complexities of space, engagement around it, and a the role of design, as Cape Town prepares to claim its title as World Design Capital 2014.
Following our experience over the past year with the Your City Idea voting installation, a public engagement project, and our public space research project, Future Spaces, Future Cape Town intends to open the call for submissions for our compendium or report, The Engaged City.