ARCHIVED EVENTS

December
06
Talking Heads

Talking Heads is a leading Pan-African knowledge sharing platform created to disrupt the common negative narratives about Africa. Live events encourage members of the public to engage with a pool of urban disrupters, thought leaders, seasoned experts and mavericks from a wide range of fields to explore the problems, opportunities and potential of our dynamic city. This carefully curated experience will see speakers and audiences alike participate in round table discussions. These intimate four person “learning circles” provide an experimental milieu for ideas to be proposed, tested and considered. The unique 20-minute sessions are conversational and organic and see speakers adopt a centuries-old tradition of story telling to help audience members grapple with complex urban topics. Guests are invited to move from table to table meeting four experts – the permutations for discovery are endless.

Time
19:00– 22:00
Contact
contact
Venue
City Hall, Cape Town
Other
November
20
Grootboom Lecture Series: City Stories about Land & Multiplicity

Land struggles, and the conflicts of which they  are part, are present around the world. Cape Town is no different. In an effort to enrich and extend debates and strategies in Cape Town and South Africa, this round table discussion will host five leading urban scholars to come and share stories from the front line of land struggles in the global south, including Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Delhi (India), Kinshasa  (DRC), São Paulo (Brazil) and Jakarta  (Indonesia).


Speakers:
Ash Amin (University of Cambridge)
Gautam Bhan (Indian Institute of Human Settlements)
Filip de Bock (University of Leuven)
Teresa Caldeira (UC Berkeley)
AbdouMaliq Simone (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

Time
18:00 - 20:30
Venue
City Hall, Cape Town
November
19
Grootboom Series: Towards urban land justice

What will it take to achieve urban land justice in Cape Town? This dialogue explores a number of critical efforts to address issues of land justice and the 'right to the city' in Cape Town. These include: land expropriation measures, incremental upgrading of informal settlements, and the provision of affordable and well-located rental housing. From their experiences, speakers are asked to address the possibilities for 'scaling', co-option (by the state or other interests), radical democratic practices, and spatial justice.

Speakers:

Anthea Houston (Communicare)
Mirjam van Donk, Isandla (TBC)
Zackie Achmat (Ndifuna Ukwazi)

Time
18:00 - 20:30
Venue
Andile Msizi Recreational Centre Corner Sigwele Avenue & Bangiso Drive Victoria Merge, Khayelitsha
November
18
Grootboom Series: Does the right to life depend on where you live?

The value of urban land is largely derived from its location. More than a million people in Cape Town live in townships on the outskirts of the city, far from socio-economic opportunities, in areas that lack even the most basic needs for safe and dignified lives. Through issues such as crime, education, and landlessness, this dialogue will explore the impact of a lack of access to land on the daily lives of millions of the city’s residents.

Speakers:

Equal Education
Dr Genine Josias (Khayelitsha Thuthuzela Centre)
Sheldon Magardie (Legal Resources Centre)
Students from Lwandle

Time
18:00 - 20:30
Venue
City Hall, Cape Town
November
11
Participative workshop on cluster identification for the re-blocking of BT Section, Khayelitsha

A participative planning workshop with 10 community leaders and 2 Ikhayalami urbanists on steps to be taken to start identifying cluster formation for the Empowershack re-blocking project, a collaboration between the BT community, Ikhayalami and UTT/ETH (by invitation only)

Time
13:00
Contact
contact
Venue
City Hall, Cape Town
Other
other
November
10
Serious Fun: Mother City Metropoly

The ACC in collaboration with participants from the Department of Spatial and Urban Design (City of Cape Town), CORC, PDG development consulting, Game Changers and a range of academics from UCT are working to re-purpose Monopoly for Cape Town. The aim of the new (working) version is to critique cumulative advantage and disadvantage in the property market to fit the reality in Cape Town. Mother City Metropoly will be ’tested’ by a youth group on this day and will be led by a facilitator from the Magnet Theatre.

Time
16:00 - 18:00
Contact
contact
Venue
City Hall, Cape Town
November
05
Serious Fun: Climate for Change

The ACC and dala will be devising a game based on work done by researchers at UCT and the City of Cape Town. Their research looks at the contested nature of addressing climate risks along Cape Town’s coastline, particularly relating to rising sea levels and big storms. Cape Town’s coastline and the development of a protective coastal urban edge, a setback line, have been caught between three main tensions: socio-economic pressures for urban development, physical pressures of the ocean, and pressures on coastal ecosystems, all three of which are operating in and competing for that same space in the coastal zone.

This contested setback line, and the resulting tensions as well as uncertainties of both decision making and tipping points, will be put into play in the form of a Tug of War. However, unlike the classic tug of war, the rope, as star representative of the setback line, will have to be handled carefully by participants in order to avoid various negative outcomes.

To view the booklet from which the research of this performance is based, please go tohttps://weadapt.org/placemarks/maps/view/943

Performances at 11am in Company Gardens and 2pm on the Grand Parade

Time
11:00am & 14:00pm
Contact
contact
Venue
Company Gardens & Grand Parade
Other
other
November
05
Kapuscinski Lecture: Putting the Urban at the heart of the world’s new sustainable development goals

The current conjuncture is a turning point in international development thinking and politics. Most regions across the world are struggling with widespread unemployment, increasing inequality, and social exclusion. In some regions conflict is endemic.

The Millennium Development Goals are expiring and need to be replaced with a new set of globally applicable and locally implementable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. Climate Change negotiations are stalled and need a more determined and pragmatic approach if run-away impacts are to be avoided. It is clear that a different economic, social and human development path must be established to ensure greater sustainability and full inclusion of all citizens into productive economic life and well-being. Cities and regions across the world provide the opportunity to do this.

Africa and Asia are at the centre of the urban, social and economic transition that the world will witness over the next two decades. It is important that we see political imaginations and leadership from these geographies that address local, regional and global themes.

Aromar Revi, Director of the path-breaking Indian Institute for Human Settlements, has been central to a range of international policy and implementation processes exploring a new paradigm and practices to enable inclusive, productive and resilient development paths. In the Kapuscinski Development Lecture hosted by the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town on 5 November 2014, Aromar will outline the global and regional significance of the linked urban and regional agenda and explore what coalitions, contests and actions are required to secure the realisation of the SDGs.

The lecture will be of interest to policy makers, activists, business leaders, journalists and the academy.

The Kapuscinski Development Lectures commemorate the renowned journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish reporter and writer who covered developing countries. Organised and funded jointly by the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme since 2009, the lectures feature top global thinkers discussing development issues.

Time
18:00 – 21:00
Contact
Name surname or email
Venue
Lecture Hall 3B, New Snape Building on UCT’s Upper Campus
Other
November
03
Density Syndicate Conference

ACC & INTI co host a conference to explore the potential to achieve much more liveable neighbourhoods that are characterised by intensive use, diversity, and greater sustainability.

The conference stems from the findings of the Density Syndicate Think Tank after seven months of intense research by design conducted by three multi-disciplinary teams of South African and Dutch designers and urban practitioners. The conference will consider the findings of the three workings groups of the Density Syndicate with an eye on how these ideas can find their way to implementation.

The conference is not to be missed by anyone with an interest in how we can transform Cape Town into a more liveable, integrated, and equitable city over the next generation.

Background

Twenty years after democracy, South African cities remain stubbornly divided, fragmented, inconvenient for the poor and uninspiring. This has manifested in cities made up of a patchwork of disconnected business districts, wealthy neighbourhoods, gated communities and poor townships. In the case of Cape Town, the affluent City Bowl and southern and northern suburbs stand in contrast to large swathes of township and informal areas. Despite considerable deracialisation of lower middle-class suburbs, the townships and informal areas remain profoundly mono-functional, racially homogenous and most vulnerable to a multiplicity of risks. It is uncontested that the current situation is socially, economically and ecologically unsustainable, yet, despite the availability of urban design expertise and policy commitment to transformation, we have very few compelling examples of how we can imagine and build our city differently. In order to explore how to address these challenges, ACC and INTI have worked with the City of Cape Town on a series of three speculative studios. By using the combined design intelligence of Dutch and South African specialists, The Density Syndicate has enabled the exploration of innovative, alternative strategies for the future of Cape Town.

The Density Syndicate Conference will shed light on the proposed scenarios and will invite key stakeholders from local government, academia and mass media to provide feedback on their appropriateness, viability and desirability. The format provides a platform for authors to exhibit the proposal and for key ‘respondents’ to immediately interrogate and raise questions for debate. Animated deliberations are expected to set the tone for an enlightening symposium.

The sites studied by the Density Syndicate are the following:

LOTUS PARK

Lotus Park is a small informal settlement situated between the Khayelitsha-Cape Town train line and the Lotus River Canal. Lotus Park is adjacent to western forecourt of the Nyanga Junction station. The Lotus Park team focused on: maintaining existing density to avoid any relocation; consider how best to optimise mixed use (economic, social and cultural) planning; taking the Lotus River into account in advancing sustainability planning principles.

MAITLAND

Voortrekker Road stretches around 15km from Woodstock in central Cape Town, through Maitland, Goodwood, and Parow to Bellville. It is a busy transport corridor between Bellville and the CBD and is lined with a range of small businesses and light industry. Of particular interest to this project is the Maitland stretch of the corridor. There is a significant unrecognised African immigrant population living and running small businesses in the area and offers another kind of opportunity for exploring density and diversity in Cape Town. In particular, it offers an opportunity to explore a different model of urban regeneration to what has unfolded in the Woodstock and Salt River stretches, anchored by creative industries and high-end retail and fine dining.

TRUP-PLUS + GREENFIELDS STRIP

The TRUP-plus+ site is a greenfield strip that includes the Two Rivers Urban Park and the Athlone Power Station. Situated halfway between the airport and the Cape Town CBD, the decommissioned Athlone Power Station site is uniquely located between three very different suburbs: Pinelands, a predominantly middle class ‘white’ suburb; Athlone, a predominantly ‘coloured’ neighbourhood’; and Langa, a largely poor ‘black’ area. The TRUP-plus+ offers a unique opportunity of experimenting with possibilities of social integration at the nexus of these suburbs.

The Density Syndicate held two studios: one in May and one in July 2014. Participants include representatives from: African Centre for Cities (SA); Cape Town Partnership (SA); City of Cape Town Spatial Planning & Urban Design (SA); Community Organisation Resource Centre (SA); dhk urban (SA); Doepel Strijkers (NL); H+N+S Landscape Architects (NL); International New Town Institute (NL); Jakupa architects + urban designers (SA); Land+Civilization Compositions (NL); Provincial Department of Human Settlements (SA); Sustainability Institute (SA); Urban Water Management Research Unit (SA); Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (SA); Witteveen+Bos (NL); Uberbau (GER); NL Architects (NL).

The Density Syndicate is a think-tank initiative by the African Centre for Cities (ACC), International New Town Institute (INTI), and in collaboration with the City of Cape Town and Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU). It has been made possible by the City of Cape Town, the Dutch Creative Industries Fund, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and the Netherlands Consulate General, Cape Town. It is also a programmatic component for NL@WDC2014, an initiative of the Netherlands Consulate-General in Cape Town.

Time
8:00am - 19:00pm
Venue
City Hall, Cape Town
June
30
Grootboom Lecture Series: The Urban Land Question

South African cities have been shaped through centuries of dispossession, exclusion, and struggle. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in contemporary struggles for urban land in Cape Town. The first dialogue will provide an overview of the historic and contemporary drivers of urban segregation. Speakers and participants will explore how the city’s exceptional inequality and division was created and how it has continued to develop, and be resisted, since the end of Apartheid.

Speakers include: Nisa Mammon (NM & Associates), Bonita Bennett (District 6 Museum), Francois Viruly (UCT) and Josette Cole (Development Action Group). 

Time
18:00 - 20:30
Venue
Andile Msizi Recreational Centre Corner Sigwele Avenue & Bangiso Drive Victoria Merge, Khayelitsha
June
18
Serious Fun Symposium

In concluding a week of interactive and participatory activities with a wide array of participants; ranging from school children to city officials, a symposium will be held in order to exchange and reflect on the different experiences. A group of South African, Swiss, Egyptian and Indian experts and artists will be in attendance to respond to the project work in light of their work in similar arenas. The symposium will be open to the public; however space will be limited.

Time
8:30 - 16:00
Venue
City Hall, Cape Town

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