Public Spaces

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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What does freedom sound like? City Hall Sessions, on stage and behind the scenes
2 May 2013

What does freedom sound like? If you were at the sixth instalment of City Hall Sessions in Cape Town on Saturday 27 April 2013 – the day South Africa celebrated the first post-apartheid elections 19 years ago – you would’ve heard Paul Hanmer, McCoy Mrubata, Amaryoni and the Moreira Project in concert. And perhaps, through

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Serendipity in the city: A City Views cover story
11 December 2012

Cities and serendipity are somehow synonymous: There’s something about the diversity that cities bring together in dense areas that makes them the perfect place to come across something extraordinary or surprising completely by accident. This is also what makes our urban environment rich hunting ground for photography, an art form that relies a great deal

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Man-made rainbow on Wale Street in the run-up to Creative Week 2012
11 September 2012

The build-up to Creative Week Cape Town has begun with a surprising and delightful public art installation by artist Michael Elion.

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Trees give Cape Town a green edge
6 September 2011

Cape Town is a better city for its beautiful trees, and the four hundred indigenous trees that will be planted to celebrate Arbor Day is an investment in the future, city officials say.

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Stroll Among the New Street Sculptures on the Fan Walk
11 June 2010

Soccer fans walking near the Prestwich Memorial area of the Fan Walk will be able to touch, explore and photograph themselves with unusual new street sculptures that have been installed for the soccer festival.

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Free Wi-Fi internet set to further enhance bustling Greenmarket Square precinct
30 April 2010

For an initial six months only, Capetonians can enjoy free wireless internet at South Africa’s oldest public space, Greenmarket Square. In a unique collaboration between Cape Town Partnership and Skyrove, the premium Wi-Fi hotspot provider, locals will now have access to 10MB’s of free internet daily.

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