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Science and Cocktails: Can We Move Beyond the Divided City?

28 November, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm SAST


Is urban segregation simply a fact of contemporary life? Are the shopping mall and gated community to blame for new forms of urban division? What role does the real estate market play in reproducing urban patterns? Is middle-class suburbia deracializing or not?

Does public investment in housing and social amenities worsen or improve urban divides? Do BRT systems help or hinder urban integration? Who, if anyone, can make a difference in altering spacial patterns of the city?

It is arguable that South African cities are more divided today compared to 1994. How can this be? Why are we seemingly unable to shift the contours of division and live differently?

Edgar Pieterse will review the drivers of contemporary urban divides and explore the reasons why policy after policy since 1994 say the “right” things but achieve the opposite outcome. He will place his discussion in the context of the nature of both public and private investments into South African cities and illustrate the talk with data and policy experiments in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Pieterse will conclude by putting forward what some of the preconditions for genuine urban transformation might be.

Date: 28 November 2018

Time: Doors open at 18:30, no admittance after 20:00.

Venue: The Orbit, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Entrance to the event: R20.

No registration is necessary but guests are strongly encouraged to arrive early. Dinner is served from 18:00. Guests wishing to have dinner before the event should book in advance with The Orbit and arrive by 18:30. (Last orders for dinner at 19:15 to make it to the event). Directions to the venue.


28 November, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm SAST
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