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Cloning the African city

Planners and architects seem to have a habit of colluding with developers and politicians to make every city look like every other city. It is happening in Kinshasa and Lagos too

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Democracy through public space

A favela in Rio de Janeiro is producing important lessons in urban design and democratic practice

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That religion called design

In 2014 Cape Town was awash with yellow branding. Why, and was the euphoria worth it?

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Hie’s jou nannas

Cape Town hip hop quintet Dookoom have been vilified and lauded for their protest song about the plight of farmworkers and the lingering irresolution its flags

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Geography and memory

You will know black Cape Town by the hiss of yellow busses braking, people running for the hooting taxi, a block of two-storey flats with elaborate burglar bars

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Water Security

Demand for water in Cape Town is straining the existing water-supply infrastructure. A new paradigm is required to ensure water security in the future

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Brazilians rediscover politics

Until June 2013, time seemed to be frozen in Brazil and the future, a mere copy of the unequal present. Transport price hikes changed that.

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Lessons for America

What can Hartford , once America’s most prosperous city, learn from scholarship on cities in the global south?

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Learning to be fearless

Urban studies involves the continuous search for the intersecting points between diagnosis, analysis, critique and proposition

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Shuffle & Repeat

Cairo protestors are hearing familiar grievances in old protest songs. Things endlessly repeat themselves, just differently

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