UCT’s Future Water Institute wonders why the City of Cape Town is ignoring storm water as a water augmentation opportunity, even though it could be critical in bolstering the city’s scarce water supply and its resilience to climate change.
Beyond Day Zero, a new model of government is needed that can go beyond the blame-game, and start shift the paradigm from one of bulk services, to one of decentralised water collection, treatment, use and re-use.
The water crisis in Cape Town has raised some serious questions about the future of the city. In this interview with Rebecca Cameron, we look at where how Cape Town could transition towards a more water secure future.
Academics from the University of Cape Town unite in their disapproval of plans by the Mayor to build housing on the Philippi Horticultural Area. The argument has been further supported by Kevin James of GCX Africa recently.
Energy, water, food and labour absorption challenges presented along with key ideas and opportunities at the recent Accelerate Cape Town AGM.
According to engineer Richard Palmer, the difficulty in Cape Town is not in providing flush toilets in slums. The difficulty is in connecting those toilets to the water, sewer and treatment plant infrastructure that make them work. He shares his thoughts, and an innovative way forward for the city to tackle sanitation, through studies, business plans and a more systems approach.
This series of posts will look at a few of the projects produced by the students of Unit 17 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, during a field trip to Cape Town. The first project to feature is entitled ‘Strategy for Philippi Farming’. This project defines a strategy for the 4528 hectares of mixed unconsolidated land of Philippi, to intervene in the unregulated mining industry re-mediating the landscape to harness water and wind for the production of energy and food. It proposed solutions to macro instability at micro level, proposing to intensify the productivity of the Phillippi community so they could absorb external fluctuations whilst prospering through internal enterprise.
Sustainability enthusiasts often encourage individuals to make small changes their lifestyles, hoping for more significant change as a result of collective actions. However, for society to successfully complete its journey towards sustainability, larger stakeholders such as governments and businesses also need to be proactive in addressing sustainability challenges.
What If is a week long series showcasing some of the imaginative work produced by the UCT Architecture Masters graduates of 2012
Edition 4: The public spaces near our water.
Did you know that 660 million Indians have no access to sanitary facilities for relieving themselves? A staggering 2.5 billion people worldwide have to cope with this, while 1.1 billion are forced to practice open defecation.