The top ten South African museums

10th July 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “South Africa’s museums have a difficult but intensely exciting future ahead of them: in a country where history is especially contentious, and where our understanding of apartheid history is still clouded by the motives and power differentials of living people, museums must give all South Africans the tools – the…

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Champagne, wicker baskets and quiet – safaris by balloon

10th July 2014 / 0 comments

This article (read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com) dealt with the romance and calm of balloon travel in Africa. Travelling hundreds of metres above the landscape in a totally silent aircraft allows one to observe wildlife unobserved  – at least until it’s time for a burst of hot air and another ascent.  

Article: Cape Town’s Anti-Apartheid Urban Plan – NextCity.org (June 2014)

10th July 2014 / 0 comments

The image above is a screenshot from a longer piece I co-wrote with the excellent Rashiq Fataar – read it here (free). The piece contains was built on a more than a dozen interviews with prominent decision-makers and thoughtleaders on the subject of Cape Town’s evolving urbanist vision for itself and its hinterland. The final piece…

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Review: Peter Cox’s Moving People

1st July 2014 / 0 comments

  I reviewed Peter Cox’s lively, concise and wise book on sustainable transport, Moving People.  An excerpt follows below, with the full article at the African Centre for Cities’ urbanafrica.net.  Although published in 2010, Peter Cox’s Moving People: Sustainable Transport Development remains a useful and rewarding read in 2014, despite the rapid growth and constant evolution of sustainable transport…

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Urbanism Illustration – An investigation of the Cape Town City Bowl

8th May 2014 / 0 comments

  The following illustrations are taken from my Planning Techniques course, completed in the first semester of my Masters in City and Regional Planning course at the University of Cape Town. May 2014. 

Ten places to see while you still can

3rd April 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “In a world where better air links have brought once far-flung destinations into easy reach, the choice of holidays can be overwhelming. The following destinations, however, should be seen within a few years or you might never see them in their current form at all. Moreover, tourism to many of…

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Quantifying racial segregation in Cape Town

13th February 2014 / 0 comments

A repost of a short article in FutureCapeTown.com (read here) Adrian Frith has produced a series of maps that give graphic form to what most South Africans already know intimately: that our cities are traversed by invisible frontiers that are tightly policed, that come into being as soon as you’re on the wrong side of them,…

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Book Review: Rogue Urbanism

5th February 2014 / 0 comments

A repost of my book review of Rogue Urbanism for FutureCapeTown.com (read full article) and for Aerodrome (read full article). Rogue Urbanism is the outcome of a research exploration by the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town  This year’s bedside book for those perplexed, fascinated, enthused and enraged by the African city…

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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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Brett Petzer French-English Translations

31st January 2014 / 0 comments

Download my French Translation CV Téléchargez mon CV en tant que traducteur I have translated 60 000 words from French into English in the past 12 months, all part-time; now I intend on doing more, and ever-more specialised, translation while I study. If you’d be so kind as to send me a 100-word sample text,…

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