By richardgoulding on 13 Jun, 2019
Two teams of housing activists, academics and practitioners from Gothenburg, Sweden, and Manchester and Liverpool in the UK, have been taking part in a mutual learning exchange this year. Organised by the University of Sheffield and Mistra Urban Futures, here the UK participants reflect on their visit and what ideas they plan to take back with them. The exchange programme is about: The aim of our exchange was to swap ideas and experiences of how neighbourhoods can be transformed by communities in the two countries, without falling into the traps of gentrification and top-down property-led...
By Jan Riise on 27 May, 2019
The implementation of the New Urban Agenda seems to have lost some of its initial momentum and enthusiastic support. This is one of the key questions when the first ever United Nations Habitat Assembly starts today in Nairobi, Kenya.
By Shelley Kotze on 17 May, 2019
4th Global Food Security, Food Safety and Sustainability Conference May 10-11, 2019 – Montreal, Canada Conference Report Shelley Kotze attended The 4th Global Food Security, Food Safety and Sustainability conference convened this May in Montreal, Canada, with this year’s theme being ‘Ensuring food security through sustainable agriculture and food safety. I attended as a representative of the Urban Rural Gothenburg Research Forum to promote and discuss the work that the forum has been conducting with regards to City-Region Food Systems, with specific acknowledgement to projects currently...
By tautavengwa on 05 Apr, 2019
What can a banana tell us about socio-spatial transformation along the Voortrekker Road Corridor Integration Zone, in Cape Town, South Africa. An anecdote in 'The Walk', written by Sean O'Toole tells us that a single banana sold along the route can double in price depending on where you buy it illustrating "the complex and diverse nature of the economic fortunes of residents across the various neighbourhoods that constitute the so-called ‘Voortrekker Road Corridor’" Based on research by Mercy Brown-luthango 'The Walk' explores how five city blocks can offer a window into the challenges of...
By Ambre Nicolson on 02 Apr, 2019
The CityLabs, launched in Cape Town by the African Centre for Cities in 2008, are now being launched on a continental scale through the African Urban Research Initiative. Cape Town platform director Warren Smit interviewed in this blog by Ambre Nicolson.