Future Smart Reads, 21 Oct 2012

DELHI & SEA POINT: The Delhi High Court will soon decide whether Delhi’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route should stay or be scrapped. This comes as a minority group, Nyayabhoomi, has taken the government to court arguing that the BRT lane takes away their rights and doesn’t help with congestion. Similarly in Cape Town, a group of Sea Point residents (NIMBYs)  are extremely ‘upset’ and saying that the City is ‘bullying’ them with the MyCiTi’s introduction to their suburbs. Devaluation of property was also mentioned – but I guess they are so busy reading Vogue magazine or watching Come Dine With me SA that they have not read that West Coast house prices have increased due to the MyCiTi BRT system.

LONDON: So you’ve probably seen the designs for proposed elevated bicycle lanes for the City of London? What about a canal for swimming-commuters in summer and skiers in Winter? Y/N Studio proposed this revitalisation plan (which includes the above two visions) for the unused Regent’s Canal. Makes me wonder when Cape Town will fully use the Liesbeeck River and all the other Camissa Rivers in the city.

GHENT: We love this art space of old storage pits in Ghent, Belgium. It’s beautiful and raw – reminding me of many such places in Cape Town that can become art spaces of heritage. Beautiful pictures and more about the Grindbakken can be found here.

PARIS: The city of love and its beautiful Seine river that runs through the heart of it, received a temporary extra bridge. Not your usual bridge, but something for citizens to enjoy as a trampoline.  It might be impractical, but its a public space for citizens to experience their city through a different way.

GLOBAL: Many cities have underground rivers. Water (and a bunch of other stuff) is the raison d’etre for many cities. Most people know about Cape Town’s hidden underground rivers and springs – and we have an amazing organisation trying to open them up for public good. ‘Lost Rivers’ is a film about cities and their underground rivers. Definitely something to watch when it comes to Cape Town.

About Rouen Smit

Future actuary working at a company based in Cape Town. Love open water swimming. Love taking public transport and feeling the city. The Future’s Bright