Urban Journalism

31st January 2014 / 0 comments

I care about cities and writing. My aim is to use the latter to make everyone care about the former. Along with a growing number of us, I have come to understand that cities are vast and intricate assemblages that create wealth, sow ideas and give hope to more people than ever before in human…

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Article: ‘Sprawl’, by Brett Petzer, in Platform Magazine (Cape Town, 2013)

18th December 2013 / 0 comments

In August 2013, I got wind of a new magazine addressing itself without delimitation to the city – and very much in particular, Cape Town. Platform first began to circulate in November of that year, and I dearly hope we see a second issue soon. My rather emotive take on the ambiguities of sprawl is below.  …

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Building Africa’s 10 Cities of the Future (part I)

4th September 2013 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “Africa is urbanising at a rate that will soon exceed that of any other region in the world. This provides a once-in-a-century opportunity to nudge the continent into a growth and consumption pattern that anticipates the future, rather than copying European and American cities of the last century. Instead of emulating Dubai in creating…

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Losing Farmland is Forever

26th August 2013 / 0 comments

An excerpt from an article I wrote for FutureCapeTown.com. Read the full article here. In Cape Town, the Philippi Horticultural Area, a major source of employment and food security is under threat from encroaching development. Future Cape Town’s Brett Petzer analyses the city’s about-face on supporting development in the area. The fight for better cities…

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Ten ways South African architects are building the future

22nd August 2013 / 0 comments

This article, written for (read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com) discusses ten visionary South African architects and their contributions to nation-building through excellent craftsmanship and their efforts to re-think Apartheid spatiality.

Internet for all: SA towns’ race for free public wifi

16th August 2013 / 0 comments

This article (read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com) discusses the competition between major South African cities and towns to become the first to offer robust and meaningful city-wide access to free wifi.    

Disconnection and connection in Cape Town

19th June 2013 / 0 comments

Main image: Bruce Sutherland An excerpt from a longer thinkpiece written by myself and Rashiq Fataar of FutureCapeTown.com. Read the full article here. It also appeared at Urban Africa, who supported the work. Brett Petzer and Rashiq Fataar of Future Cape Town assess the influences and confluences of connection in Cape Town’s spatial, institutional and economic landscape….

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What does Dubai mean to the people that live there? Part 2

25th January 2013 / 0 comments

An excerpt from a four-part series on Middle Eastern urbanism I wrote for FutureCapeTown.com during a family holiday in Jordan and Israel. Read Part II of the full article here and Part I here.  The city of Dubai, then, continues to build up and out on a coastal desert, without assimilating any of the immigrant human…

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What does Dubai mean to the people that live there? Part 1

23rd January 2013 / 0 comments

An excerpt from a four-part series on Middle Eastern urbanism I wrote for FutureCapeTown.com during a family holiday in Jordan and Israel. Read the full article here. When we begin to think about cities, we are thinking of places that have made an impression on us. But, as impressions of places superimpose themselves one on…

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The Arab Street and the Arab Spring

22nd January 2013 / 0 comments

Tahrir Square, Cairo – Image: Shawn Baldwin ShawnBaldwin.com A repost of a report on Middle Eastern urbanism written for FutureCapeTown.com. Read the full article here.  Once I was in Paris, walking the city’s mesmerising boulevards as part of my own triumphal entry to the city, when I stopped and read in my guidebook that the majesty…

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