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New and proposed developments to the east of Braamfontein in Johannesburg are attracting investment and residents.
Two major routes form the focus of Braamfontein’s new energy. The first is the highly-anticipated north-south connection along Rissik Street between Park Station and its related transport activities, and the planned future Metro Centre Precinct. The second is the proposed pedestrianisation of Juta Street, from its eastern point adjacent to the M1 freeway through to Rissik.
Urbanist Rashiq Fataar from Our Future Cities explores how cities can move towards environments that promote real innovation in public spaces.
Durban leads the country in generating electricity from waste through two landfill sites that are currently earning carbon credits and providing the blueprint for further plants in the province.
The City of Cape Town promised to “recognise design as a tool for social, cultural and economic development” as the WDC2014. But criticism has surfaced that high-end design dominated the scene and the lives of the poor remain unaffected. We asked some of the role players what they thought.
South Africa is a water-scarce country, vulnerable to climate change. Studies by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) show that in coming years our rainfall will intensify in some areas, while other areas will suffer longer periods of low rainfall and even drought.
But it is not only the future climate that is of concern – it’s the present too. The demand on South Africa’s main water sources, dams and rivers, exceeds their capacity.
The image of eco-villages as hippy-run clusters of hobbit houses has dissipated as communities seek to interpret the concept for themselves. The results are pioneering and transferable examples of sustainable living.
Re-blocking joins community leaders, engineers, architects and city representatives in a communal drive to improve informal settlements, creating urban designers, architects and planners out of ordinary citizens.
For grid-connected photovoltaics (PV), cost should no longer be an obstacle, but be prepared for red tape. South Africa has one of the best solar resources in the world, yet does not feature at all when compared with a country like Germany in the adoption of residential and building-scale rooftop solar photovoltaic electricity production. Ordinary Germans now own half of the country’s renewable energy generation capacity, making up a significant proportion – roughly one sixth – of the country’s total capacity. What’s holding us back?
From the 1650s when Dutch settlers laid out the Company’s Garden at the foot of Table Mountain, when the city was established as a replenishment station for ships rounding the Cape, an abundant flow of water from Table Mountain was the enabling factor for the fruit and vegetable gardens and therefore the primary reason for the early settlement at the Cape. Yet in 1994, as a result of sewage seepage from urban development above the springs, this important source of water was scrapped from the asset resource register.
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