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

10th July 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “The real success of the Africa’s shining new cities will be in demonstrating the value of high-density, sustainable patterns of land use, such that they are widely implemented in Africa’s burgeoning metropolises (Part II).”  

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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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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This is the city that oil built: Learning from Dubai

21st January 2013 / 0 comments

Aerial shot of Dubai Marina courtesy of Stanford University An excerpt from a series of reports about Middle Eastern urbanism written during travel to Jordan and Israel and published at FutureCapeTown.com. Read the full article here.  In Learning from Las Vegas, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown set out to visit a mirage city in the…

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Case Study: Guy Briggs and the Olympic Park Strategy

25th October 2012 / 0 comments

Some experts of my review of Guy Briggs’s London 2012 work at FutureCapeTown.com. Read the full article. Guy Briggs recently shared a first-hand account of his journey inside the decade-plus planning behemoth that delivered the London Olympic Park in the Lower Lea Valley. His presentation made the simplest kind of sense because it spoke about neighbourhoods, not…

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