Monthly Archives: November 2013

Notes from the South (Part 3): Crossing lines

by Ares Kalandides (you can read part 1 here and part 2 here) The instant you pass the turnstiles of the Rea Vaya you find yourself on the other side of the mirror. Rea Vaya, Johannesburg’s BRT (Bus Rapid Transportation … Continue reading

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Notes from the South (Part 2): Housing under siege

by Ares Kalandides[1] (This is the second part on The (In)formal City project in Johannesburg. For part 1 see here) The South African constitution is very straightforward about the right to housing to all the state’s citizens. Article 26 of … Continue reading

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Notes from the South (Part 1): A Johannesburg diary

by Ares Kalandides Walking down the streets of Johannesburg in a conspicuously large group will of course attract stares. Here we are, a crowd of 22 with different backgrounds and skin colours (Africans, Europeans, Latin Americans) diving into taxi ranks, … Continue reading

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The (In)formal City: Searching for (In)formality

At GIfA, 77 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg from 18 November 2013 The (In)formal City constitutes an example of an immersive and process-driven project of exchange, premised on international comparison and collaboration between two interdisciplinary teams of participants from Berlin and Johannesburg respectively. The primary focus … Continue reading

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A Sense of Scale – Part I

By Renard Teipelke I wanted to put a simple scale definition here, but I did not like what I found. What is scale with regard to cities? Generally, it is about size, dimensions, relationality. Particularly I am referring to scale … Continue reading

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Nation Branding: Has Austria become a case for the psychoanalyst?

by Valentin Schipfer What does a nation stand for? A question almost as hard to answer as the most fundamental question about the meaning of life. On behalf of Austria’s Federal Ministry of Economy the policy consultant Simon Anholt from Great … Continue reading

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Pick of the Day: A Rare Inside into the Kowloon Walled City

By Renard Teipelke “Once thought to be the most densely populated place on Earth, with 50,000 people crammed into only a few blocks, these fascinating pictures give a rare insight into the lives of those who lived Kowloon Walled City. … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: A 140-Acre Forest Is About to Materialize in the Middle of Detroit. On the by Sarah Goodyear

After nearly five years of planning, a large-scale attempt to turn a big chunk of Detroit into an urban forest is now underway. The purchase of more than 1,500 vacant city-owned lots on the city’s lower east side – a … Continue reading

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First Workcamp: COBRA – Collaborative Labour Opportunities in Brandenburg

by Jonas Rehmet We are happy to announce that the first workcamp of a total of three separate one-week workcamps of the ESF-project “COBRA – Collaborative Labour Opportunities in Brandenburg” will take place on November 12th, 2013 in Guben, Germany. … Continue reading

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