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Creative Cities: Our launch issue. Features reporting on Cape Town\'s creative city aspirations, Achille Mbembe and AbdouMaliq Simone in conversation and an interview with Chimurenga Magazine founder; Ntone Edjabe and his partner in the heliotronics, musician and composer Neo Muyanga. Cover photograph by Yto Barrada

Issue #01

Summer 2011


  • The Civil Engineer

    Herbert Macaulay was a nationalist politician, engineer, journalist and musician whose nous for political strategy and theatre awoke democracy in colonial Lagos. By Akin Adesokan

  • Johannesburg | In the Slow Lane

    Gauteng’s private motorists, road tolls, taxis and the hope of public transport Johannesburg’s regenerating inner- city Fashion District has one neon message emblazoned across its entire surface: “ZZZZZ.” It suggests the current failings of the smart new bus rapid transport (BRT) service, launched ahead...


    Cape Town was awarded the World Design Capital 2014 accolade in October 2011. But what exactly is this title all about ?   “The...

  • Lagos | Radio the Nigerian Way

    How a Pidgin English radio station in Lagos is connecting with residents Lagos, with its 15-million inhabitants, is Nigeria’s most populous city, and its...

  • Cairo Rising

    Egypt’s democratic revolution was anchored in geography  In Cairo, a dilapidated city of 20 million people, public life unfolds in the shaabis, teeming residential...

More Features

Interviews and Conversations

  • Wonky Beats, Midtempos, Bleeps & Blurps, Crazy, Zany Phraseologies & Intergalactic Organics

    Ntone Edjabe and Neo Muyanga are the Heliotronics, curators of the “Pan African Space Station” an online/offline genre-busting 30-day musical intervention.

  • Teaching for Tomorrow

    Edgar Pieterse speaks to Aromar Revi, The Indian Institute for Human Settlements future-orientated director, about his revolutionary approach to curriculum and imagining what is possible. The Indian Institute for Human Settlements is an independent, privately funded, globally...

  • Ways of Doing Things

    AbdouMaliq Simone is an important urbanist whose research surfaces overlooked narratives and makes apparent what he once described as “the sheer volatility of urban life”. He speaks with Achille Mbembe.  

Photo Essays


  • Eve Thompson
  • Akin Adesokan
  • Kim Gurney
  • Laurence Bonvin
  • Tolu Ogunlesi
  • Tau Tavengwa
  • Megan Lindow
  • Anton Harber
  • Olufemi Terry
  • Camaren Peter
  • Edgar Pieterse
  • Jessica Seddon
  • Achille Mbembe
  • Ivan Turok
  • Zayd Minty
  • Janine Stephen