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Weekly Roundup 069 – 18th to 24th June


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‘Divided Cities: South Africa’s Apartheid Legacy Photographed by Drone’
Authored by Hout Bay/Imizamo Yethu

Pictures communicate so much more than words. They tell untold stories that are sometimes hard to express in any other way.

Johnny Millers, an American photographer, uses a drone to take aerial view photographs of South African cities. The images uncover an unseen perspective of the remnants of social inequality in the cities’ planning. We see a starkness that has engraved the urban landscape and percolated the neighbourhoods.

Apartheid was lifted more than 20 years back, but the segregation in the city still exists.

Millers idea behind these photographs was to shake people up and get them to talk. And I think he has achieved that.

Read the whole piece here 

Published by The Guardian.


‘City for Citizens, Citizens for City’
Published by Co-Plan

In today’s urban realm, it is common to find public spaces subjected to neglect. The sources and reasons for this neglect vary around the world.
City for Citizens, Citizens for City specifically looks at the state of the post-communist public spaces of Albania, Czech Republic and Slovakia. The publication illustrates the efforts and practices made by the locals in tandem with their respective municipalities, to revive the public spaces and make them inclusive. The process includes problem identification, discussions, solution implementation, result gauging, inferences, and more.
The practices here, serve as examples that can be implemented to transform cities and uplift the urban experience.

Read the publication here.







‘Aziza Chaouni: How I Brought a River, and My City, Back to Life’
Created by TedTalks

Aziza Chaouni, an architect and ecotourism specialist, has been working on the revival of the Fez river, in Fez, Morocco. The river meanders through the ancient city, which is a world heritage site. But with time, due to sewage build up and pollution, the river slowly began to deplete. In this video, Aziza talks about her efforts of over 20 years to restore the Fez river and reintegrate it with the city.

Brought to you by TedTalks


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