CITY DESIRED BLOG

In Response to Your Request: A Map of Institutional Circumnavigation
Ashley Buchalter
20 August 2015

“This ensures that, for all the inequalities within civil society, the most important divide between who is heard and who is ignored is not within civil society but between it and the rest of...

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The shape of a community: Creating Structure through Kinship
Adam Thalenfeld
20 August 2015

Illustration by Gaelen Pinnock

The lived reality of the people who live in informal settlements is not well understood. Daily tasks that most take as granted, such as clean water, using the toilet,...

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Common Ground: Exploring where the stories of four activists/organizers living in Cape Town connect?
Dasha Maher
20 August 2015

All oppression is connected. Our suffering is not equal, but the fundamental reasons behind it have common roots. What is not as apparent is where the experiences of activists/ organizers from a...

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Cape Town Snapshots: Hopes and Concerns in the Mother City
Alexander Bryden
20 August 2015

Living in New York City I am often struck by the notion that there are millions of different and unique versions of the city that I experience daily. When I came to Cape Town less than two months...

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Uhlala phi? Uvela phi?
Sarah Cooper-Tognoli
20 August 2015

Where are you staying/living now?  
Where are you from? 

My map describes information gleaned from key informant interviews conducted in July 2015.  The interviews revealed the...

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What Makes A House A Home?
Zung Nguyen
20 August 2015

A 15-minute drive from the Cape Town airport is all it takes for visitors to arrive in Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s largest township – where 55% residents live in informal dwellings....

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Can food waste tell us anything about Cape Town? Exploring Observatory and Bo-Kaap
Michelle Olivero
20 August 2015

Urbanization and food consumption of Capetonians is not static but constantly evolving. This project proposes to explore food consumption patterns of Cape Town through the lens of its waste. 

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Follow the Rand 
Brennan Camp
20 August 2015

“The map outlines how and where the employees spent the money that they earned from the projects and follows the rand to various parts of South Africa ranging from the local economy to the...

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Time To Get A Boat
Lindsay O’Neill-Caffrey
20 August 2015

“Created with the intention of presenting a dramatic worst-case scenario visually, it overlays sea level rise, wetlands inundation, and flooding of the water table, rivers, storm water...

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A Beautiful City: Creativity, Resistance, and Coexistence among Residents of Cape Town
Adana Austin
19 August 2015

Historically, beauty standards have given power to some and oppression to others. Such standards can reflect socialization organization and stereotypes. For example, the Kenneth and Mamie...

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Street Art in Cape Town
Christina Baptiste
19 August 2015

The 2015 Jo’burg Art Fair is rapidly approaching, from September 11-13 to be precise. The Great More Studios resident artist, Khaya, is working on an 8 feet tall canvas; his vision, a mural-...

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60 Days, 1 City, 11 Maps
Tau Tavengwa & Laura Wainer
12 August 2015

The mapping project “60 Days, 1 City, 11 Maps is part of the International Field Program of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy of The New School, in...

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The Grootboom Dialogue Series: a Provocation to all citizens of Cape Town
Marcela Guerrero Casas
24 November 2014

The Grootboom Dialogue Series, a collaborative project between the Social Justice Coalition and the African Centre for Cities, coincided with the City Desired Exhibition this year....

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Serious Fun: Food for Thought
City Desired Team
11 November 2014

Yesterday saw the game Food for Thought played on the Grand Parade. The game focused on exploring food security in Cape Town. Come to the Serious Fun Symposium on Thursday 13 November to...

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Mother City Metropoly Take 1!
Marcela Guerrero Casas
11 November 2014

“Is she already out of the game” shouted one of the players almost in disbelief when the first working class player had gone bankrupt twenty minutes into the game.

For most the youth (...

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Serious Fun: Playful participatory planning
City Desired Team
9 November 2014

The Serious Fun programme kicked off yesterday with a playful participatory planning workshop with youth in Khayelitsha. Working with Lego, the group developed a new vision for a dense and...

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doung Jahangeer on Serious Fun
City Desired Team
7 November 2014

Join us for some Serious Fun over the course of the next week!

The programme kicks off with a performative participatory planning workshop with young people in Khayelitsha on Saturday 8 November....

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Serious Fun for a Desired City
Marcela Guerrero Casas
4 September 2014

From designing a game that highlights the vulnerability of city dwellers to climate change to skating around the city, the ‘Serious Fun’ project has continued to engage practitioners,...

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Serious Fun: Metropoly: Cape Town: Brainstorming Session
Marcela Guerrero Casas
8 August 2014

It is not very often boxes of the game Monopoly sit on the table of a UCT boardroom; but participants at the recent brainstorming session hosted by ACC were not entirely surprised. Indeed the idea...

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Playful Participatory Planning
Marcela Guerrero Casas
24 July 2014

How design can ‘change people’s lives’ is the topic of the year in Cape Town as the World Design Capital 2014 unfolds, and games are clearly a tool that awakens great interest....

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