Do public participation and planning processes really include all people? Adam van Heerden studied informal waste-collectors or “skarrelers” as part of his award-winning Masters of City and Regional Planning thesis.
The future of African cities is a common feature on the conference circuit, but where does this vision come from and who is leading it? Charlotte Scott reports from the Africities conference in Johannesburg.
Often city development in its many forms is seen as top down job exclusively done by professionals in many fields such as infrastructure, policy, architecture, etc. However, lesser known and increasing in practice, are those processes that make the citizen the expert and main agent of transformation. Join our next #CityTalk this Wednesday.
Design cannot save the city. The words of Edgar Pieterse on Day 1 of the Designing Democracy Seminar. Pieterse was joined by Sithole Mbanga, CEO of the SA Cities Network, who spoke on the policy space surrounding the transformation of South African cities and Aditya Kumar, Regional Technical Coordinator of Slum Dwellers International (SDI) who presented on community involvement in the rollout of services.
Following our experience over the past year with the Your City Idea voting installation, a public engagement project, and our public space research project, Future Spaces, Future Cape Town intends to open the call for submissions for our compendium or report, The Engaged City.
Medellin is a city that has achieved a lot in the last 20 years. It has transcended its difficult past and become a better integrated, more accessible and safer place to live than before. It is no longer the ‘no-go’ city for Colombians, tourists and businesses that it once was. Today Medellin is a bustling, cosmopolitan city with a good transport system that is clean, efficient and integrated. What role did inclusivity and innovation play in the urban renewal?
How can we continue to discuss the world’s energy and climate future without meaningfully engaging the generation of people who will be affected most by it?