Past Issue

The World Class City: Two contrary dynamics explored in this issue; bureaucratic inertia and world-class aspirations. Reporting from Johannesburg; Mogadishu, Bangalore & Nairobi. Featuring Rahul Mehrotra; Mogadishu mayor Mohamoud Nur and Binyavanga Wainana. Cover photo by Jan Banning

Issue #02

Winter 2012

Features

  • Inside the World Class City

    South African municipalities are legally obligated to develop medium-term integrated development plans (IDPs) and annual business plans and budgets. Where IDPs allow for incremental five-year planning, thereby facilitating achievement of long-term goals through medium-term delivery, business plans allow for detailed operational planning and the...

  • The War Reporter

    Journalist and writer Ryszard Kapuscinski has been praised as a conjuror extraordinaire of modern reportage, and also dismissed as a profound and dangerous racist. By Sean O’Toole  *This article originally appeared in issue 2 of Cityscapes Magazine.

  • You Have a Good CV

    In a post-conflict society like the Democratic Republic of Congo, jobs are scarce, enterprise minimal and expectations for professional promotion a strange concept. The...

  • Where Art Meets Journalism

    In 2009 a group of Nigerian artists, most of them photographers, decided to set off on a road trip to Mali—with unexpected consequences. Sean...

  • The City of the Future

    Kenya is about to break ground on future-tense Konza Technology City, a place without bricks, stones or nails, where there is no smell of...

More Features

Interviews and Conversations

  • Where Art Meets Journalism

    In 2009 a group of Nigerian artists, most of them photographers, decided to set off on a road trip to Mali—with unexpected consequences.  Lagos is closer to Bamako than Barcelona is to Berlin. Extrapolating...

  • The Man With the Most Dangerous Job in the World

    Kenyan author and journalist Rasna Warah visited Mogadishu to interview Mohamoud Nur, the 57-year old mayor of Mogadishu and governor of Somalia’s Benadir region.

  • On Projective Thinking and Imagination, Resistance Too

    Two years ago, Rahul Mehrotra joined the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he is currently chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design. He talks to Edgar Pieterse

Photo Essays

Contributors

  • Lard Buurman
  • Jan Banning
  • Carlos Jiménez Cahua
  • Sean O'Toole
  • Djo Tunda wa Munga
  • Rasna Warrah
  • Kim Gurney
  • Hemangini Gupta
  • Kevin Bloom
  • Leonie Joubert
  • Jason Corburn
  • Camaren Peter
  • Kerwin Datu
  • Gordon Pirie
  • Tau Tavengwa
  • Amy Faust
  • Dina Inds
  • Claudia Gastrow
  • Geci Karuri-Sebina
  • Gautam Bhan
  • Edgar Pieterse
  • Binyavanga Wainaina