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Shaking the foundations: Time to change the structure of our cities
Shaking the foundations: Time to change the structure of our citiesArticle

It's easy to fall into the doom-and-gloom trap of how the current pandemic will forever change the face of cities...

Patrick McInerney, Christoph Malan, Catharine Atkins and Malika Walele 2 days ago

Urban planning needs to look back first: three cities in Ghana show why
Urban planning needs to look back first: three cities in Ghana show whyArticle

Months into the global Covid-19 pandemic, policymakers have begun discussing what the "new normal" might look like in metropolitan environments...

Nate Plageman, Jennifer Anne Hart, Tony Yeboah 16 Sep 2020

How built environment practitioners play a key role in public health
How built environment practitioners play a key role in public healthArticle

During the second AfriSam SAIA Sustainable Design Awards webinar, Professor Tolullah Oni, a public health physician-scientist and urban epidemiologist, discussed how trans-disciplinary urban design can help build better African livelihoods and cities...

15 Sep 2020

Smart cities in the time of physical distancing
Smart cities in the time of physical distancingArticle

When the State of Disaster was announced as the Covid-19 crisis hit South Africa, a new set of rules began to form, and with it a new set of questions and challenges...

Bouwer Serfontein 2 Jun 2020

The future of urbanisation in a millennial, post-Covid-19 world
The future of urbanisation in a millennial, post-Covid-19 worldArticle

With 55% of the world's population already living in urban areas and numbers expected to increase to almost 70% by 2050, urbanisation continues to be a major watchword in the 21st century...

25 May 2020

Finalists announced for global ADC 99th Annual Awards
Finalists announced for global ADC 99th Annual AwardsArticle

The One Club for Creativity has announced the finalists for the global ADC 99th Annual Awards...

21 Apr 2020

UK Prosperity Fund, Future Cities SA launch local programme
UK Prosperity Fund, Future Cities SA launch local programmeArticle

The UK Prosperity Fund, together with Future Cities South Africa, is launching its Future Cities Programme in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban...

24 Feb 2020

Final call to enter $2m LafargeHolcim Awards
Final call to enter $2m LafargeHolcim AwardsArticle

Entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for sustainable construction will close on 25 February...

14 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: 5 key architectural and sustainable initiative trends
#BizTrends2020: 5 key architectural and sustainable initiative trendsArticle

On a micro and macro level, the world focus for 2020 and beyond is a growing commitment towards the environment and sustainable energy...

Bouwer Serfontein 13 Jan 2020

SA's inner cities experiencing rebirth but challenges remain
SA's inner cities experiencing rebirth but challenges remainArticle

Hosted annually by TUHF Limited, the Inner City Property Conference took place late last month at the Sunnyside Hotel in Parktown, Johannesburg. Outgoing mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba was among...

25 Nov 2019

In consulting on development risk, it's nose in, fingers out
In consulting on development risk, it's nose in, fingers outArticle

Nose in, fingers out! This is what I was taught on how best to approach the subject of risk detection in property development...

Francois Schoeman 21 Nov 2019

Siemens unveils Cape Town smart city visualisation
Siemens unveils Cape Town smart city visualisationArticle

Automation company Siemens recently unveiled a data visualisation of Cape Town ahead of the World Economic Forum on Africa conference...

5 Sep 2019

New study: Birds prefer to live in luxury than in poor areas
New study: Birds prefer to live in luxury than in poor areasArticle

According to a new study of birdlife in South African cities, birds prefer wealthy areas to poorer ones but will move out if things get too cramped...

11 Jun 2019

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#AfricaMonth: How to do business in AfricaArticle

Addressing the well-being needs of Africans through a true collaborative effort between business, government, communities and the people who inhabit this continent will unlock future value...

31 May 2019

High-level panel at UN-Habitat Assembly focuses on creating innovative, inclusive cities
High-level panel at UN-Habitat Assembly focuses on creating innovative, inclusive citiesArticle

A high-level panel featuring President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, Prime Minister Josai Vorege Bainimarama of Fiji, and Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed of Yemen recently shared ideas on innovation in cities in front of a packed audience at the first UN-Habitat Assembly...

31 May 2019

Increasing population growth in Africa's megacities a challenge for authorities
Increasing population growth in Africa's megacities a challenge for authoritiesArticle

Megacities, cities with a population of at least 10 million, are sprouting everywhere in Africa. Cairo in Egypt, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Lagos in Nigeria are already megacities...

Finbarr Toesland 3 May 2019

Smart cities: The promises and failures of utopian technological planning
Smart cities: The promises and failures of utopian technological planningArticle

Technology and innovation transform the ways that we interact with governments, purchase products and manage our health and lives. This turmoil affects cities...

Sylvie Albert 30 Apr 2019

Migration and displacement: the human face of climate change
Migration and displacement: the human face of climate changeArticle

The World Economic Report on Global Risk by the World Bank lists elements of climate change and climate risk in its top 10 list of risks the world faces today...

Danette Breitenbach 14 Mar 2019

Nairobi ready to welcome One Planet Summit to Africa
Nairobi ready to welcome One Planet Summit to AfricaArticle

The third One Planet Summit will make its debut in Africa this week, hosted in Nairobi, Kenya on 14 March...

13 Mar 2019

Green Book readies municipalities for climate change
Green Book readies municipalities for climate changeArticle

Municipalities across South Africa can now assess climate risks and growth pressures using an online climate risk profiling and adaptation tool that was recently launched...

12 Mar 2019

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#DesignIndaba2019: Together, we can change systemsArticle

Designers need to work together to solve crises in the world. This is the message from one of the first speakers at Design Indaba 2019 in Cape Town, 27 February to 1 March, Nicole Nomsa Moyo...

Louise Marsland 27 Feb 2019

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Vilakazi Street to be the blueprint for township tourismArticle

The Department of Tourism's Director-General (DG) Victor Tharage, led a senior multi-departmental government delegation to meet with tourism stakeholders around the Vilakazi Precinct...

13 Feb 2019

Urban rooms: where people get to design their city's future
Urban rooms: where people get to design their city's futureArticle

Despite the strong Utopian traditions of urban planning, there has often been a reluctance to think beyond the short term...

Tim Dixon 21 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: The exciting fast-growing trend of TOD
#BizTrends2019: The exciting fast-growing trend of TODArticle

Transit-oriented development is the exciting fast-growing trend in creating vibrant, livable, sustainable communities...

Karen Petersen 27 Dec 2018

Viable forest solutions are needed to build greener, healthier cities says FAO
Viable forest solutions are needed to build greener, healthier cities says FAOArticle

"More sustainable models of urban growth are urgently needed," said Hiroto Mitsugi, Food and Agriculture Organisation assistant director-general, Forestry Department at the opening of the first World Forum on Urban Forests...

28 Nov 2018

MIT, Munich Airport to develop LabCampus Innovation Center
MIT, Munich Airport to develop LabCampus Innovation CenterArticle

Munich Airport and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Senseable City Lab have signed a cooperation agreement to work together in the development of the LabCampus Innovation Center...

12 Nov 2018

Habitat for Humanity addresses Africa's unique housing challenges at local leadership conference
Habitat for Humanity addresses Africa's unique housing challenges at local leadership conferenceArticle

With some of the fastest growing cities in the world over the next 50 years, Africa will encounter many challenges...

25 Oct 2018

Egypt is building a new capital city from scratch - here's how to avoid inequality and segregation
Egypt is building a new capital city from scratch - here's how to avoid inequality and segregationArticle

Egypt is the latest country to build a new capital city from scratch, with ambitions to move parliament away from Cairo as early as summer 2019...

Nuno Pinto and Aya Badawy 28 Sep 2018

Wutopia Lab creates 3D green landscape with perforated aluminum panels in Shanghai
Wutopia Lab creates 3D green landscape with perforated aluminum panels in ShanghaiArticle

Located in the northeast corner of Shanghai, this old building is a typical product during the transition from a typical industrial economy to service economy...

27 Sep 2018

SA, Ecuador share notes on housing development
SA, Ecuador share notes on housing developmentArticle

South Africa's vision of integrated urban planning continues to be negatively impacted by the development of houses in the periphery of urban centres, says Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Andries Nel...

20 Sep 2018

Civil construction to commence on Ntshongweni Urban Development early 2019
Civil construction to commence on Ntshongweni Urban Development early 2019Article

Civil construction on the 2,000-hectare Ntshongweni Urban Development, located 30km west of the Port of Durban on the N3, will commence in early 2019...

14 Sep 2018

Applications open for third cycle of Richard Rogers Fellowship
Applications open for third cycle of Richard Rogers FellowshipArticle

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced the 2019 cycle of the Richard Rogers Fellowship open for applications...

10 Sep 2018

2018 International Architecture Awards winners announced
2018 International Architecture Awards winners announcedArticle

The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies have announced the winners...

7 Sep 2018

Heavy rainfall recently devastated large swathes of Kerala, India. Prakash Elamakkara/EPA
Nature's whims cause water crises. Its infrastructure can stop themArticle

Across Asia, man-made structures have stood powerless to avert tragedy after tragedy during 2018's rainy season...

Karen Villholth 4 Sep 2018

Using data to create iconic fashion to map cities
Using data to create iconic fashion to map citiesArticle

Three African fashion designers have created 12 extraordinary outfits from vast amounts of data extracted from the cities of Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg...

27 Aug 2018

Evictions in Nairobi: why the city has a problem and what can be done to fix it
Evictions in Nairobi: why the city has a problem and what can be done to fix itArticle

A new road in Nairobi, Kenya, is set to displace up to 30,000 Kibera slum residents...

Kefa Otiso 25 Jul 2018

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This is the starting point for African smart citiesArticle

With over half the world's population currently living in urban metropoles and an estimated three million people moving into cities every week, it's safe to say that the concept of smart cities is becoming more crucial than ever...

Byron Clatterbuck 3 Jul 2018

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Urban renewal: The physical manifestation of innovative thinkingArticle

A powerful lesson in how to turn vision into reality...

Gil Sperling 15 Jun 2018

Mecanoo releases plans for Taichung Green Corridor in Taiwan
Mecanoo releases plans for Taichung Green Corridor in TaiwanArticle

Mecanoo will redevelop the 1.7km-long former railway line crossing downtown Taichung...

5 Jun 2018

Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies
Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategiesArticle

What do we need to do to humanely sell meat to the world? Three experts: an agricultural specialist, a veterinarian and a religious scholar, answer...

Andrew Butt, Andrew Fisher & Shakira Hussein 11 May 2018

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Making cities cooler is a no brainer - so why are we doing so little about it?Article

You walk through a park in a city on a warm day, then cross out to a narrow street lined with tall buildings...

Tiziana Susca and Francesco Pomponi 2 May 2018

This is what's on the agenda for Sustainability Week 2018
This is what's on the agenda for Sustainability Week 2018Article

This year's Sustainability Week, set for 5-7 June at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Tshwane, will cover sustainable development in Africa at various scales, from Africa's capital cities to the people who sustainable development affects.

18 Apr 2018

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Next Einstein Forum awards high impact innovationsArticle

The Next Einstein Forum closed on a high, awarding high impact innovations...

4 Apr 2018

Future 'ocean cities' need green engineering above and below the waterline
Future 'ocean cities' need green engineering above and below the waterlineArticle

Population growth has seen skylines creep ever higher and entire cities rise from ocean depths...

Katherine Dafforn, Ana Bugnot, Eliza Heery, Marian 26 Mar 2018

Dustin Homer is director of client solutions, Fraym.
Africa Rising: How Geospatial data analytics is transforming governance on the continentArticle

In Africa, the potential of data to improve governance is just beginning to make itself felt...

Dustin Homer 6 Mar 2018

AbdouMaliq Simone speaking at the closing panel of the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference. Photo: Andy Mkosi
Urban planning: Who leads the conversation?Article

"When I took my first official job in an African city in Abidjan in 1976, there was little urban research anywhere," said AbdouMaliq Simone, a research professor at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, Germany...

Sean O'Toole 7 Feb 2018

2018 Architecture ZA festival to focus on new opportunities in shaping our cities
2018 Architecture ZA festival to focus on new opportunities in shaping our citiesArticle

This year's Architecture ZA (#AZA18) festival is calling for participatory action from those involved in the built environment on issues around how we shape our cities collectively...

31 Jan 2018

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Research shows shocking rise in obesity levels in urban Africa over past 25 yearsArticle

Rapid urbanisation and associated changes in people's lifestyle means Africa faces a growing obesity problem...

Dickson Amugsi 30 Jan 2018

A 3D model of a development scenario in Brisbane’s West End produced using ESRI’s CityEngine program. Author supplied
How virtual 3D modelling and simulation can help us create better citiesArticle

New technologies offer new possibilities for planning and designing cities...

Yan Liu, Iderlina Mateo-Babiano and Sebastien Darc 30 Jan 2018

Africa needs to "future-proof" itself against future challenges
Africa needs to "future-proof" itself against future challengesArticle

New ideas are needed to future-proof Africa against its biggest challenges and technology is the power that can assist...

23 Jan 2018

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