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Rory Williams

About Rory Williams

Rory Williams is an independent observer of city life and of how design shapes the ways we use the city. A civil engineering graduate of UCT and formally trained as a transport planner, he has 25 years of experience in analysing urban systems. He writes a weekly column in the Cape Times, and tweets as @carbonsmart.

Recent Posts

Creative tension in the East City
26 September 2014

The exploratory art projects by the District Six Museum community and Michaelis Fine Art School students in and around Harrington Square during Creative Week 2014 reflect the unpredictability and negotiation that goes into reshaping a city, writes Rory Williams.

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Zoning into collaboration at Design Dialogues V6.0
9 September 2014

How does collaboration take us out of our comfort zones? Creative Cape Town reports on what Design Dialogue speakers  had to say.

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Co-design: Working with everyday experts
28 August 2014

We instigated a panel discussion about the challenges and importance of co-design at the recent Open Design Festival. Led by Andrew Putter, with participation from Josette Cole, Rael Futerman and the audience, the learnings will be packaged into a toolkit.

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View from the street: The hidden economy
27 August 2014

In between the tall buildings of the central city, alongside big business, is a wealth of skills and knowledge – and not only in the form of informal trade. Rory Williams unpacks the significance of these hidden networks in relation to our Central City Development Strategy.

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A view from the street: empowering communities through active co-design
27 May 2014

It is often said that people need to tell their stories. This need could be interpreted in a number of ways. One might be the need to be seen and heard – not necessarily for something to be done, but simply as part of creating an individual or community identity.

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A view from the street: How do rule-bound cities accommodate diversity?
27 May 2014

The Cape Town Partnership has asked Rory Williams Cape Times columnist and writer on urban issues, to look at our work and see what he finds. His ‘outside view’ will be presented in a series of articles that will explore the human side of our projects. We hope they will stimulate some necessary conversations. This

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A view from the street: What makes a liveable African city?
27 May 2014

The Cape Town Partnership has asked Rory Williams, a Cape Times columnist and writer on urban issues, to look at our work and see what he finds. His ‘outside view’ will be presented in a series of articles that will explore the human side of our projects. We hope they will stimulate some necessary conversations.

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A view from the street: What makes a liveable African city?
13 April 2014

The Cape Town Partnership has asked Rory Williams, a Cape Times columnist and writer on urban issues, to look at our work and see what he finds. His ‘outside view’ will be presented in a series of articles that will explore the human side of our projects. We hope they will stimulate some necessary conversations. This is the

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