The Density Syndicate is a think-tank initiative by the African Centre for Cities (ACC), International New Town Institute (INTI), and in collaboration with the City of Cape Town and Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU).
The Density Syndicate officially kicks off with its first studio on 12 May 2014 at Guga S’Thebe Arts and Culture Centre in Langa. Multi-disciplinary teams, consisting of Dutch and South African urbanists, researchers, and activists will collaborate to develop speculative designs that improve density, and accommodate social mix in a sustainable way. Participants include representatives from: African Centre for Cities (SA); Arup (SA); Cape Town Partnership (SA); City of Cape Town Spatial Planning & Urban Design (SA); Community Organisation Resource Centre (SA); dhk urban (SA); Doepel Strijkers (NL); Dutch Consulate (NL-SA); H+N+S Landscape Architects (NL); International New Town Institute (NL); Jakupa (SA); Land+Civilsation Compositions (NL); Matthew Gray Architects (SA);NL Architects (NL); Provincial Department of Human Settlements (SA); Sustainability Institute (SA); Uberbau (Germany); Urban Water Management Research Unit (SA); Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (SA); Witteveen+Bos (NL).
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