Archive | Interviews and Conversations



Science is not as prominent as it could and should be amongst the lay public in Africa. Nor is science fiction. Novelists Nnedi Okorafor and Lauren Beukes debate the reasons

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A man of promise

Storyteller and animation entrepreneur Roye Okupe has come up with a superhero for Africa’s new millennium

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Informal Worlds Reader

Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer spent five years researching informal marketplaces globally. Why? To better map and understand the spatial features of informal markets, but also to intuit the political and economic forces brought to bear on them

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Kinshasa’s fluxes and rhythms

What does the nebulous idea of living together in a place such as Kinshasa mean? And what is the role of photography in documenting and researching this cohabitation in an urban space characterised by folds, gaps and holes?

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Let’s talk about the future

Remaking Johannesburg, says executive mayor Parks Tau, requires not only a future focus and commitment to a long-term vision, but patience and courage too

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Thoughts on inclusive cities

Large-scale urban interventions are marked by friction between technical knowledge and political rationality. Private and state capital also plays an important role in shaping cities. Argentinian architect and urban planner Alfredo Garay discusses the role of these torsional forces and the on-going challenges of urbanisation in contemporary Latin America

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Maths and the city

Novelist Juan Diego Mejia in conversation with mathematician and governor Sergio Fajardo about the focus of an ambitious political project that brought infrastructure, beauty and citizen entitlement to areas of Medellín once ravaged by cocaine wars

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The city of fragments

Geographer and theorist Ash Amin in conversation with scholar and writer Richard Sennett about urbanism and making sense of cities visually

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Canny & Co.

Founded by Cameroonian entrepreneur Bonaventure Ndikung, SAVVY Contemporary is a Berlin exhibition space devoted to art, networking and eating

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Ananya Roy

Lessons from somewhere

Ananya Roy’s scholarship on microfinance and poverty alleviation and global urbanism has earned her widespread acclaim. She speaks to her former student Gautam Bhan.

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