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Cities & Development

This lecture was delivered by Professor Manuel Castells during his visit to Cape Town in 2009.

Conflict and State Fragility

Cities have long been connected with processes of bureaucratisation and state-building, as indeed they have long been linked to conflict and war. In bringing these two associations together we engaged with the historical sociology of Charles Tilly and research in the CAFS programme confirmed that the intersection of cities, states and violent conflict remains significant, […]

Entering the City

Patricia Anahory on returning to Cape Verde after 2 decades away

Bad Buildings

So called bad buildings in the Inner City of Johannesburg reflect the complex processes of city formation in Africa.

Crafting Our Own African Story

Edgar Pieterse

We need to tell the story of the African city in our own way and on our own terms, only this way can we begin to unravel the stereotype that is widely held about them.

Lagos

Uckechukwu James Iroha’s images reflect the diverse realities of people who form the mix of cultures and influences in the mega city of Lagos.

Densification, Quartering & Culture

Making the most of Cape Town’s limited urban space is the goal of densification. With increased density will come opportunities and challenges to create distinctive urban spaces that provide the locus for the symbolic framing of Cape Town’s many cultures.

Driving Density Higher: Challenges for Central Cape Town

Ivan Turok

Cape Town’s Central City Development Strategy aims to boost the area’s population by 100,000 within 10 years, an almost three-fold increase from the current 55,000. Here, Professor Ivan Turok discusses this bold aspiration and examines the rationale for increasing densities in the central city. What challenges will this initiative face?

New York’s Sustainable Streets: Jannette Sadik-Khan

Jannette Sadik-Khan, as Transport Commissioner for New York City is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 6,000 miles of streets and highways, nearly 800 bridges, 1.3 million street signs, 300,000 streetlights and 12,000 signalized intersections. In this talk, presented in Cape Town on February 2010, she speaks of her passion for creating a people-friendly […]

Shaping the City: Amanda Burden

The New York Times has described Amanda Burden, Chair of the New York City planning Commission, as “…leaving an indelible legacy of how all five boroughs will look and feel for decades to come”. In the last 10 years she has steered development in New York in a path that emphasises design, sustainability and zoning […]

Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading

Matthew Krause of the groundbreaking Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading, a Khayelitsha based project that has been credited with contributing to crime prevention and community wellness.

Living in the Endless City

Ricky Burdett, director of LSE Cities and co-editor of the volume Living in the endless City, speaks about the 500-page tour de force at the Open Book Festival 2011 in Cape Town.

New York’s Sustainable Streets: Jannette Sadik-Kahn

Jannette Sadik-Khan, as Transport Commissioner for New York City is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 6,000 miles of streets and highways, nearly 800 bridges, 1.3 million street signs, 300,000 streetlights and 12,000 signalized intersections.