The combination of the October’s Transport Month and some very British headline news inspired Pamela Hellig to think about how much a city’s public transport system – and the invaluable mobility it provides – can contribute to or detract from the empowerment of women around the world.
While standing in a very long queue at Passport Control, Pamela Hellig had time to consider the surprising parallel histories of Prague and Cape Town, and the years it takes for cities to heal.
In this edition of Ideas From Cities, Pamela Hellig explores some practical ideas from Amsterdam that could also work in Cape Town.
“First came the Nazis, then the Communists, and now the tourists.” The citizens of Prague may feel weighed down by the constant invasions of the last century, but, for better or worse, its architecture and history have made tourism the driving force of the city’s economy. This edition of Ideas from Cities picks up some ideas from this hotspot, beyond the buildings, which could work in Cape Town too.
In this edition of Ideas From Cities, Pamela Hellig explores some practical Capetonian ideas that could also work in London.
In trying to come to terms with the inexplicable, Pamela Hellig recently visited Poland for Holocaust Remembrance Day. Returning with more questions than answers, she ponders the most fitting way for cities to remember the periods of their history they’d prefer to forget.
Although the culture, spirit and preferences of each city and its habitants are very different, there may still be great value in sharing and implementing translatable ideas between two cities. London may not be able to compete with Cape Town’s weather and scenery, but we’ve narrowed down a list of five great aspects of London that could work just as well in the Mother City.
Many cities, including Cape Town rely on tourism as a form of income. Do they not, therefore, have a responsibilty to invest in and maintain the facade presented to tourists? Or should tourists be satisfied seeing the cities without make-up on, be confronted with local issues and appreciate function over form in order to be considered true travellers? Inspired by a trip to Budapest, Pamela Hellig argues that it may not be necessary to choose between the two…
The technology revolution, an increased emphasis on employee well-being and the quest for better value for consumers over the last ten years have led to conditions being just right for an upheaval of traditional ideas about office space. Pamela Hellig, a regular ‘telecommuter’, questions whether future cities will have a need for offices at all.