Public Spaces

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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Tuning the Vine: Rediscovering Cape Town’s streets through its #innerCityWineRoute
15 November 2016

It’s a windy Wednesday evening in Cape Town and the usual after-work commuter traffic is in full swing. To the untrained eye, it seems like the city is emptying out for the night, as it does. But, on closer inspection, it soon becomes clear not all the streets are running dry: upper Bree, Loop, Long

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Run the Mother City this summer
8 September 2016

With summer creeping ever closer, Cape Town is slowly but surely starting to resurface from its annual winter slumber, inviting everyone to come out and play. Of course, this may mean different things to different people, but if you’re feeling inspired to get fit and tone up before beach season starts, why not revisit running?

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3 ways to start your own urban garden
5 September 2016

Spring is in the air and the world’s a-bloom, fresh green leaves sprouting and unfurling as we speak. A season of new life, indeed, and the perfect time to kick start those lofty dreams of cultivating a luscious, green city home. Fortunately, urban gardening is a growing trend (pun intended) that can be practiced in

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The streets: our place capital
29 October 2014

Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana considers why our streets need to become multipurpose, liveable destinations rather than thoroughfares in her fortnightly Cape Times column this week.

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Paint the town pink
24 October 2014

Here’s a good news story from India about how women took back the safety and equity of public spaces. In the second of her Contested Spaces series, urban designer Kirsten Wilkins reflects on the perceived fear of sexual violence.

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Open Streets: A lesson in owning public spaces
30 May 2013

In just one week since Open Streets took place in Lower Main Road, Observatory on Africa Day, nearly 400 pictures have been shared on the Open Streets Facebook page, multiple blog posts have been published and every major newspaper in Cape Town has covered the event in some way.

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Africa Day 2013: Opportunities to be an active citizen
24 May 2013

On 25 May, the world celebrates Africa Day. In Cape Town, the day sees a new wave of citizen activism taking hold in the Mother City, with civil society reclaiming the right to cultural production, to public spaces and the right to express themselves and their creativity.

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