This week on Metropolist: City nodes

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Cities are complex networks, of people, infrastructure, nature,  ideas and so much more. So how important are nodes, centres and hubs in the grand scheme? For Cape Town, the Cape Town CBD is the obvious economic, tourism and business centre, but where do areas like Century City, Bellville, Claremont and Khayelitsha fit into the puzzle?

In a recent article we outlined 10 of the key ideas which make the case for Bellville Central area as one such node which includes its strategic location for freight, public transport, student housing, available land and more.

On Metropolist this week, we interview Shahid Solomon, the Executive Programme Director of the Greater Tygerberg Partnership and hear more about the efforts to make Bellville a viable and exciting second node for Cape Town, as well as plans for the regeneration of the Voortrekker Road corridor.

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EPISODE 1: Capital of Design

Cape Town is the World Design Capital of 2014, a title previously held by cities like Torino, Seoul and Helsinki. In our first episode we talked about what this title, which coincides with the celebration of two decades of democracy in South Africa, means for Capetonians. We unpack WDC2014 and how the people of Cape Town can get involved.

Cape Town was designated World Design Capital 2014 at the International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress in October 2011 in Taipei. This prestigious designation is bestowed biennially by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). World Design Capitals recognise the value of design thinking, and are dedicated to using design as tool for social, cultural and economic development.

Read more about World Design Capital, Cape Town 2014 here


EPISODE 2: A Museum for Africa

In 2016, the ZEITZ Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) will open in the iconic Grain Silo building located at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. It will become Africa’s First Major Museum of Contemporary Art. We speak with Carla White, PR and Communications Manager from the V&A waterfront, and Mark Coetzee, the chief curator and executive director for Zeitz MOCAA, about how the re-imagining of a museum in the African context, and the benefits and impact on Cape Town as a centre for art.

Zeitz MOCAA, a new not-for-profit institution, will be housed in the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront, with the V&A committing over R500-million to the development required for the establishment of the Museum. Built in 1921, and at 57m tall, the Grain Silo remains an icon of the Cape Town skyline.

Read more about the museum here


EPISODE 3: Mega Events


In 2010, South Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup, with local and international media declaring it a major success. Cape Town, played a major part, hosting 7 matches which included one semi-final. In 1997, Cape Town also bid for the 2004 Olympic which went to the city of Athens. As we look to the future, the question of bidding for the Olympic Games is once again up for discussion. We take a closer look at where Cape Town is headed and what it needs to think about to benefit from mega-events.


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