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Africities 2015

The CoJ, South Africa’s economic hub, will be hosting the 7th Africities Summit of cities and local governments of Africa on 1–4 December 2015. The summit is held every three years and looks at issues affecting urban and economic development in African cities. The theme for 2015 is ‘2063 Vision for Africa: Which contributions from the […]

How to turn apartheid urban planning on its head

Professor Edgar Pieterse, recently spoke about the current policy landscape for urbanism, the majority and elite city, and re-imagining the township as city at the Policy Workshop on Spatial Inequality

Root Shock and Urban Planning: a conversation with Dr Mindy Thompson Fullilove

Rike Sitas

On Tuesday 11 August, the ACC and District Six Museum co-hosted a  conversation between Bonita Bennett and Rike Sitas with clinical psychiatrist, Dr Mindy Thompson Fullilove. Dr Fullilove’s research into HIV/Aids in the US in the 1980s led to her interest in the psychology of place. Her subsequent research focused on urban planning and displacement, concerned with […]

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Public Art and the Power of Place

Rike Sitas

Individual or groups of artists from, or working in Cape Town’s townships in visual arts, performance, graffiti, music, poetry and/or theatre are invited to apply for a R50000 grant to produce one of six public art engagements that explore the significance of place outside of Cape Town’s City Bowl in this new ACC initiative.

Great Texts / Big Questions

Edgar Pieterse

On April 30th 2014, Professor Edgar Pieterse will present a lecture titled “Africa’s Urban Revolution: Epistemic Adventures” as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts/Big Questions series in Cape Town.

AAPS Conference 2014

Registration and a call to papers is now open for the AAPS’ fourth all-schools conference in 2014 which takes place in Cape Town from 17-19 November 2014. Titled “African Urban Planning and the Global South: Pedagogy, Research, Practice”; AAPS 2014 will focus on the central themes and problems of African urbanization.

ACC hosts “transformative urban regeneration conference”

The ACC hosted a conference in conjunction with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality between 6 and 8 November 2013. The conference brought together policy makers from the EMM and the neighbouring Joburg and Tshwane Metros with leading local academics, practitioners as well as some international practitioners from Latin America and Asia to share perspectives on how […]

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 […]