A sustainable city that can serve us all

7 Apr 2010 - 11:30

Left to right: Richard Calland, Tau Tavengwa (design and project coordination); 
Mokena Makeka; Max Price and Edgar Pieterse
Left to right: Richard Calland, Tau Tavengwa (design and project coordination); Mokena Makeka; Max Price and Edgar Pieterse

Last night saw the book launch and exhibition opening of Counter-Currents: Experiments in Sustainability in the Cape Town Region. Edited by Edgar Pieterse, Counter-Currents showcases bold urban development initiatives by the both the state and the private sector and aims to shift public ideas and discourses about the future of Cape Town. The starting point of this initiative is that the nature and direction of Cape Town's physical metamorphosis is unsustainable and culturally questionable if not inappropriate. However, amidst the expansion of real estate, a number of very important "counter-currents" are afoot (as plans or interventions or sometimes, only dreams) which represent both a critique of unimaginative urban growth and hold the seeds for putting Cape Town onto a unique and culturally resonant growth path; a precondition for creating a more inclusive, vibrant and sustainable city at ease in its own skin, perched at the southern tip of Africa.

Contributors to the volume include: David Schmidt; Ashraf Jamal; Abdoumaliq Simone; Karen Press; Stephen Boshoff; Wendy Crane; Mark Swilling; Lisa Thompson-Smeddle; Martin de Witt; Herrie Schalekamp; Barbara Southworth; Andrew Borraine; Lucien le Grange; Nisa Mammon; Mokena Makeka; Luyanda Mpahlwa; Tau Tavengwa; Tanner Methvin; Dave Dewar; Piet Louw; Iain Low; Susan Parnell; Greg Clarke; Mark Swilling; Gita Goven and Catherine Stone.

Dr Max Price (Vice Chancellor: University of Cape Town) introduced the book and said:

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