Cape Town

15 pics + a video capturing the magic of the 10th Open Streets
16 January 2017

On Sunday, 15 January, Bree and Longmarket Streets were closed off to all motor vehicle traffic and turned into a magical, activity-filled haven for pedestrians and cyclists of all ages. From pole dancing demonstrations to free yoga classes, street art to busking, salsa dancing to housing demonstrations, these oft-congested inner city streets were truly transformed

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Open Streets celebrates 10th event
11 January 2017

With the 10th Open Streets Cape Town event set to close off Bree and Longmarket Streets to motor vehicle traffic this Sunday  (15 January) and open it up to all sorts of fun to be had on foot, bike or board, we decided to catch up with managing director and co-founder, Marcela Guerrero Casas to

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The Making of Church Square
9 January 2017

When I was a child, I enjoyed digging in my grandmother’s garden for treasure. Back then, my finds consisted largely of glass, and fragments of crockery. Still, in my eyes the glass became diamonds, and the crockery hinted at greater riches to be found – a whole cup, a teapot. It’s fair to say that

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A Sense of Connection
Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana
9 January 2017

When I first moved to Cape Town in 1999, I encountered Church Square as a rundown parking lot. Thankfully, the City of Cape Town was already in the process of recognising the importance of placemaking in public spaces, and acknowledging the heritage value of the square’s troubled history. In 2005, the Cape Town Partnership officially

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8 urban development trends for 2017
4 January 2017

With 50% of the global population currently living in urban areas, and a projected 1.5 times rise to 6 billion city-dwellers by 2045, there’s no denying that investing in thorough, thoughtful and sustainable urban design is absolutely crucial. Designing the sorts of urban spaces that will, essentially, improve the quality of life for citizens requires

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Saturday in the city
9 December 2016

Born and raised in the rural Eastern Cape, as a child, I used to romanticise cities and city life. Friends who’d travelled to some of the Eastern Cape’s larger cities would impress me with talk of busy roads, hundreds of cars and fancy stores where all kinds of toys and treats were on display. My

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9 Christmas markets around Cape Town – support local!
5 December 2016

The Christmas lights in Adderley Street have officially been switched on, the air smells of sunscreen and the street cafes are burgeoning with locals and tourists alike. Yup, it’s starting to feel a lot like festive season in Cape Town. And if you need to buy gifts, you’ll be pleased to know that there are

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PICS: First Thursday on Church Square
5 December 2016

On  1 December, locals and visitors alike were invited to celebrate Emancipation Day, the last First Thursday of the year and the start of the festive season in one of Cape Town’s most underrated public spaces: Church Square. Here’s a visual rundown of the evening’s events.  At 5pm on any given weekday, you will find

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Exhibition gives peek into lives of the privileged 1%
28 November 2016

It was August 2011 that the phrase, “We are the 99 percent” became one of the most powerful political slogans of our time, underpinning the global Occupy movement. Referencing glaring economic inequality in the United States, it suggested that 99% of the population were suffering for the mistakes of a tiny minority – the 1%

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