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The Athletes

Len Taunyane and Jan Mashiani participated in the 1904 Olympic marathon in St. Louis. But their story is far bigger than that, and tainted by an unanswerable silence

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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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Informal Public Demands

The stealth practices that occur at the intersection between formal and informal urbanisation, particularly in Latin America, are generating a different notion of the political and the economic

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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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Africa in the New Century

The emerging tacit consensus is that the destiny of our planet will be played out, to a large extent, in Africa. This planetary turn of the African predicament will constitute the main cultural and philosophical event of the 21st century

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Playing the Housing Lottery in Africa’s Political Capital

Ethiopia is one of the most heavily populated countries in the world, yet also one of the least urbanised. Over the past 35 years its urban population has doubled. Faced with a chronic housing shortage in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, officials have had to innovate

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