Matt Cullinan

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SDG 12 Review at HLPF Calls for Circular Economies, Sustainable Lifestyles

Day 5 of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) included a review of global progress towards achieving SDG 12 on …

Four Lessons Psychology Teaches Us about Inspiring Climate Action

There’s the old line that the first step to solving a problem is understanding it. But when it comes to climate change, what happens when …

Psychology

The issue of inequality: When CEOs earn 541 times more than workers

The issue of rising economic inequality in South Africa is spiralling out of control. This is according to Oxfam South Africa’s economic justice head …

New interactive brochure: Why we must protect SA’s water source areas now

South Africa’s 22 water source areas produce disproportionately greater volumes of water in relation to their size. These 22 water source areas make …

Infographic: The Evolution of Urban Planning

The Evolution of Urban Planning<p>on January 20, 2018 at 10:11 am<p>Shares 2.8K<p>Urban planning has been around for as long as cities have existed, but the …

Urbanism

Cities are complex systems – let’s start looking at them that way

The way we design our cities needs a serious rethink. After thousands of years of progress in urban development, we plateaued some 60 years ago. …

Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities

<i>Photo credit: Stuck in Customs / Flickr. Creative Commons 2.0 license. "We live in an interconnected world", the author argues.</i><p><b>In Brief</b><p>The idea that …

South Africa’s Cities Share Knowledge to Spur Development

South Africa’s cities present unique challenges, having been designed to reinforce decades of apartheid policies. Neighbourhoods were racially …

Why Walkable Streets are More Economically Productive

What is the value of a street where people can walk safely? Why build streets that are constructed with the needs of people in mind, not just the …

Urban Design

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South Africa’s gated communities are building higher walls in an already divided society

In order to gain access to an unremarkable suburban road, South Africans have become accustomed to parting with their most personal details. At barriers erected across public roads, people who want to cross into this protected zone fill in their name, surname, cellphone, identity and car …

South Africa

Let’s wrench power back from the billionaires | Bernie Sanders

If we stand together against powerful special interests we can eliminate poverty, increase life expectancy and tackle climate change<p>Here is where we are as a planet in 2018: after all of the wars, revolutions and international summits of the past 100 years, we live in a world where a tiny handful …

Bernie Sanders

South Africa’s farmers can benefit by reducing their water use

South Africa’s agribusinesses will find themselves at the back of the queue for water in future. The demands for water for urbanisation and …

Urban Parks Help Cities Adapt to Climate Change

Share46<p>Tweet29<p>Email<p>Share<p>75 Shares<p>By U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons<p>December 12, 2017; Next City<p>In …

Urban Planning Has a Sexism Problem

Take a moment to look around you. Really look. See the city — the streets, the buildings, the spaces between them — and realize for a moment that …

Urban Design

A Close Look at the Gehl Institute's Free Toolkit for City Planning

<i>This article was originally published by Common Edge as "The Gehl Institute’s Toolkit for the Creation of Great Urban Spaces."</i><p>Jane Jacobs was …

Urban Design

In the press: More needed to achieve transformation

<b>This article by Athina May, related to the work of the Integration Syndicate for Southern Suburbs Tatler, first appeared on 26 October 2017.</b><p>The …

Five lessons for cities from a decade of Centre for Cities research

The view of Vancouver from Locarno Beach Park. Image: Getty.<p>With the government potentially facing years of “trench warfare” in Parliament, and …

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Heretics welcome! Economics needs a new Reformation | Larry Elliott

Neoclassical economics has become an unquestioned belief system and treats those challenging the creed as dangerous<p>In October 1517, an unknown Augustinian monk by the name of Martin Luther changed the world when he grabbed a hammer and nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in …

Economics

From car-oriented thoroughfare to community center

<i>Note: This case study was written for the Institute for Transportation Engineers new book</i> Implementing Context Sensitive Design on Multimodal …

Women and the city: reclaiming the streets to impose equal rights

In Argentina, “a woman is killed every 30 hours”, reports Telam, the country’s official news agency, based on a report of the Observatorio de …

When Density Isn't Greener

A new study challenges some widely held assumptions about urban and suburban development.<p>Sprawl is not sustainable. That’s the basic assumption shaping high-rises, infill developments, and master plans in cities around the world—not to mention a guiding principle of this publication.<p>But a new …

Urban Design

How High is your ‘CQ’? – More Collaborative Intelligence is Needed | PBA

<i>Effective collaboration requires a special kind of emotional intelligence, or “collaborative intelligence” (CQ), but differences in organisational</i> …

Parking isn't as important for restaurants as the owners think it is

Car parking matters to Australian business. Restaurateurs in Australian cities often resist parking management regimes and push local government to …

Seminar series: Governing Complex City-Regions

• GCRO<br>• Date of publication: 30 November 2017<p>The GCRO is currently hosting (October and November 2017) a series of seminar-based discussions on the …

How the world needs to change as regions get drier

Water is likely to become scarcer in northern and south west Africa. This is partly due to changes in weather patterns. In addition populations are …

Zuma's allies are once again gung-ho about nuclear. Will they get their way?

<i>South Africa’s nuclear build programme seems to be back on the agenda after earlier indications that it was dead. Recent comments by President Jacob</i> …

South Africans in rural areas are saying 'no more'. Why it matters

The mainstream in South Africa is paying little attention to the world outside the cities. This is a mistake because the future of the country’s …

South Africa