Future Cape Town Tour: Night-Walk of the Central City

On 26 November 2012, Future Cape Town Director, Rashiq Fataar hosted Blue, The Network for a tour of the Cape Town Central City. Those present were able to experience Cape Town in a different light, literally, as the tour took place in the evening from 6 to 8PM. The tour covered Cape Town’s most exciting and innovative developments, and spaces and Rashiq shared his thoughts on the future of cities and public space. Following a circular route around the Central City, the tour included;

  • Start: Fan Walk Bridge: Discussing the history of the Fan Walk, and the potential future proposal for a Freedom Walk.
  • Tall Buildings: 22 Bree and Cape Town’s new tallest building, Portside which are both under construction on Bree Street. The role and challenges with tall buildings was discussed along with the current policies pertaining to tall buildings.
  • Cape Town International Convention Centre: The role of the existing building as an economic engine, and the planned expansion by 2015
  • Thibault Square MyCiti Bus station: The role of public transport in Cape Town, and the future of the MyCiTi bus system
  • Cape Town Station: It’s history, improvements for the World Cup, and the potential future as a mixed-use development site
  • Grand Parade: The redevelopment due to the 2010 World Cup and the issues and challenges with the public space. Perspectives on possible interventions were also shared.
  • Adderley Street Cycle Lanes: The development of cycling infrastructure across Cape Town, and the issues with ineffective planning and design using Adderley Street as an example
  • Bo-Kaap: Finding a balance between past and present, along with the pressures and opportunities of gentrification, in an area with a deep and rich history.
  • End: Fan Walk Bridge