Monthly Archives: November 2012

Under African Skies, Day 5: What is an architect?

by Ares Kalandides Sumayya Vally is on the phone trying to coordinate the lot before the new toilets for the settlement are delivered. CORC, the NGO she works with, has arranged for two new booths to be installed in the … Continue reading

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Under African Skies Day 4, Diepsloot

by Ares Kalandides Papi is an actor, a guide, a choreographer (I’m sure I forgot several other things) – and above all he is the chairman of the Diepsloot Art & Culture Network (A&CN). The shacks of the informal settlement … Continue reading

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Under African Skies, Day 3: Art and Public Space

by Ares Kalandides Talking about public art in a city of such social tensions as Johannesburg is not straightforward. On the contrary I find that, permanent art, mostly in the form of sculptures often seems out of place, in the … Continue reading

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Under African Skies, Day 2: Informal Settlements

by Ares Kalandides It is not only in the “global South” that people tend to move to and gather around large cities. It is rather a phenomenon that can be found in all places where rural and small-town areas offer … Continue reading

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Under African Skies, Day 1: The Taxi Rank

by Ares Kalandides Minibuses (taxis) are the main means of transportation in Johannesburg. Everyday, hundreds of thousands of people use them to move from the townships to the city centre and back. Many of them are domestic workers or employees … Continue reading

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Second Hand Spaces – Recylcling Sites with Temoporary Use

by Valentin Schipfer It all began at Vienna’s Ur3anize! Festival which lasted for a week in October this year. There I attended an evening discussion on temporary use of abandoned or vacant urban spaces. The two guys and discussants from … Continue reading

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La Ruche: Urban Gardening in Toulouse

by Ares Kalandides Jean has the hands of a labourer and the smile of a small child. He works the earth with joy, shares his knowledge on old and new varieties of vegetables with generosity. Jean is the heart and … Continue reading

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Qatar: All that glitters…

By Samantha North Ten years ago, how many average people in the Western world had any reason to think about Qatar? How many people had even heard of it? Fast forward to 2012, and Qatar has become the country everyone’s … Continue reading

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Opening NEMONA Concept Store

By Markus Kather These days Karl-Marx-Straße, Neukölln’s beloved/notorious strip of gambling places and discount stores, has one more highlight. Local designers organized in the NEMONA fashion network are presenting their work at a temporary store.

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The Brand and the Real Thing: Kenya – Shining for Some

by Renard Teipelke An amazing landscape, wild animals, beautiful sunsets, white beaches, traditional tribe villages, mountains and valleys…one could easily continue the list of things for which Kenya is famous for. This country in East Africa is one of the … Continue reading

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