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Visualising the Future of Our Neighbourhoods

This film documents the “South African City Futures: Visualising the Futures of our Neighbourhoods” project undertaken in 2014. Part research and part radical co-creation, the project combined the use of futures thinking, multi-stakeholder dialogue, and multiple forms of visualisation to reflect upon the future of urban neighbourhoods to 2030

The City is the People

This 60 second film was shortlisted and was the Judges’ Choice for the 2013 Cinecity Architectural Film Project with the theme ‘Material’. It explores the relationship between people and the making of everyday space in Lagos.  

Future Cities Laboratory

A brief video from visiting scholar Lindsay Sawyer and her research on urban Lagos for the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore.  

In Context

Tau Tavengwa, Edgar Pieterse

Africa is not a country!!! This 10 minute remix film acts as a teaser of some concepts and ideas for an upcoming film and exhibition project ACC/Cityscapes will undertake between 2017-19. In Context will explore the true nature and complexity of life in cities across the continent of Africa.

Understanding Livelihoods in South African Cities

Edgar Pieterse, Tau Tavengwa

What decisions are residents in the poorer parts of South African cities forced to make on a day to day basis? How does a city like Ekhuruleni try to address this and what do the citizens think about these efforts? This short film juxtaposes these two voices. It was part of a series we developed […]

Living Informally in South Africa

Tau Tavengwa, Edgar Pieterse

This short film was produced by Cityscapes | ACC as part of a project on Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council to understand the state of various aspects of that city – one of the largest metro areas in South Africa. This is 1 of 4 short films in this series, produced in collaboration with filmmaker Kgomotso Matsunyane

What is a smart African city like?

Anton Cartwright

“Prosperous low-carbon African cities are not just a good idea but a humanitarian prerogative, and in terms of climate change it’s globally significant and necessary if we’re all going to survive,” says ACC’s Anton Cartwright.

Stepping Stone Part 2 – Ceasefire

Mercy Brown-Luthango

In 2014, the Urban Violence CityLab collaborated with the Tafelsig People’s Association (TPA), First Community Research Centre (FCRC), UCT TV Studio and the UCT Centre for Film and Media Studies on an initiative that equipped four young people with basic film-making and media skills.

Stepping Stone Part 1 – Tafelsig

Mercy Brown-Luthango

In 2014, the Urban Violence CityLab collaborated with the Tafelsig People’s Association (TPA), First Community Research Centre (FCRC), UCT TV Studio and the UCT Centre for Film and Media Studies on an initiative that equipped four young people with basic film-making and media skills.

South Africa 2035: Learning From The Future

Anton Cartwright

What might South Africa be like in 2035? At a side event during COP17 in Durban in Dec 2011, hosted by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), two sustainable economy experts, Anton Cartwright and the late Peet Du Plooy, were asked to imagine visiting the audience from 2035, to tell about what […]

Adapting to a changing climate in Southern Africa

Anna Taylor, Zarina Patel

This short film captures the key messages and debates emerging from the first Southern Africa Adaptation Colloquium, held in November 2013 and co-hosted by Mistra Urban Futures Cape Town platform’s Climate Change Think Tank, a partnership within the Knowledge Transfer Programme. Members of the partnership include The University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development […]

Integrated Participatory Upgrading

Mercy Brown-Luthango

The ACC hosted the third meeting of the Urban Violence, Safety and Governance CityLab on June 26, 2014. The meeting focussed on the theme, ‘Integrated, Participatory Upgrading – Knowledge, Policy and Practice.’

Xiangming Chen on urbanisation in China & South Africa

Xiangming Chen speaks to UrbanAfrica.net’s Brendon Bosworth about urbanisation in China & South Africa at the recent Starting from the South: perspectives on urbanisation in China and South Africa” workshop

Christina Mtandana: The Entrepreneur

Tau Tavengwa, Edgar Pieterse

1 of 10 short films made by Simon Taylor as part of the City Desired exhibition project, this short films provides a glimpse into the life of Christina Mtandana, a resident of Cape Town’s Sweet Home informal settlement. See more about City Desired here

Why Cities Matter

In the Kapuchinski development lecture delivered at UCT on November 5, Aromar Revi of Indian Institute of Human Settlements made a compelling case for why the urban agenda needs to be at the heart of the millennium goals.

Susan Parnell discusses ‘Africa’s Urban Revolution’

Susan Parnell

An interview with Susan Parnell, Executive Member of the African Centre for Cities and Co-Editor of ‘Africa’s Urban Revolution’, published by Zed Books. Sue discusses informal settlements, the effects of global environmental change & the true economic potential of Africa’s cities.