Skeptic City: MCRP

6th March 2015 / 0 comments

Download my report Skeptic City as an example of my academic writing. Skeptic City was a very brief report on Century City, a large planned community fairly near to Cape Town’s Central Business District. My report sought to make the point that the urgent need for any category of new housing in Cape Town – a city…

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Article: Cape Town’s Anti-Apartheid Urban Plan – (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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Losing Farmland is Forever

26th August 2013 / 0 comments

An excerpt from an article I wrote for 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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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 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 A repost of a report on Middle Eastern urbanism written for 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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