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).”  

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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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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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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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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Artscape and the Future

27th November 2012 / 0 comments

An excerpt from an article I wrote with Robert Bowen (@ArchiRube) for FutureCapeTown.com. Read the full post here.  The question of what a performing arts complex can mean to its city is one of the most satisfying in urbanism, because, unlike for a central rail terminus or a regional hospital, there are many, many working…

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