Public places

Reinfection
31 March 2017

This April, Infecting the City – South Africa’s pioneering public arts festival – will once again be igniting Cape Town’s public spaces, including City Walk. A collaboration between the Africa Centre and the Institute of Creative Arts, Infecting the City celebrates a decade of seminal performances and installations by artists from around South Africa and the

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6 glimpses into the future of Cape Town’s Foreshore
8 March 2017

An eyesore. An impediment. A huge mistake. An unfortunate icon.

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Church Square: a spatial ethnography
13 February 2017

 Click the image to the left to read through our Church Square report.

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Telling Absences
Ambre Nicolson
26 January 2017

If cities are the sum not only of everything they accumulate in their development, but also of everything that they have lost – whether intentionally abandoned or accidentally misplaced – can we describe a public space not only by what is there, but also by what is not? Softness, greenness If we travel back further,

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Creating healthier cities through placemaking
20 January 2017

We are currently living in what could arguably be the most health-conscious era in human history. And it’s hardly surprising, what with celebrity fad diets promising to turn us all into supermodels and Dr. Google being just a click away. More than ideal body types and access to information, however, our hyper-awareness about health and wellness,

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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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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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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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First Thursday on Church Square: 9 things to look forward to
30 November 2016

On 1 December, you’re 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. Having fulfilled a myriad of purposes over the centuries – from the location for a slave market to a car park,

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