The Great Reclamation: urban space in the pandemic

29th April 2020 / 6 comments

In a recent Twitter thread, I tried to put down some thoughts about rapid and widespread rise in cities allocating hundreds of kilometres of streets from cars to everything else, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic – link. I’ve pasted it here for now, retaining Twitter format, and will hopefully neaten up and refine this…

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Video: Pedestrian priority at a key Cape Town intersection

1st August 2016 / 0 comments

  Below, the first in a series of what I hope will be many videos capturing the experience of Cape Town’s pedestrian and cycling environment from an urban planning standpoint. In this video, you can see how, even on what is arguably Cape Town’s flagship pedestrian route, four motor traffic cycles go by on Buitengracht between…

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Idea: mapping bicycle collisions in Cape Town

31st July 2016 / 2 comments

I would like to establish a Google Map on which all of the cycling collisions (and muggings, and bikejackings) reported in the media can be mapped and tracked. There can be no doubt that such a map (if one doesn’t already exist – please DM me on Twitter or comment here, if so) would start…

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

10th July 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at “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).”  

The Ten Most Spectacular University Campuses in South Africa

10th July 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at “South Africa’s universities are among its most beautiful public buildings. Take a tour around Mzansi in mortarboard and robes with our roll call of higher ed beauties.”

The top ten South African museums

10th July 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at “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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Building Africa’s 10 Cities of the Future (part I)

4th September 2013 / 0 comments

Read in full at “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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Ten ways South African architects are building the future

22nd August 2013 / 0 comments

This article, written for (read in full at 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 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.    

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 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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