Thursday, October 29, 2015

Study Space IX: Cape Town: Revaluing the City: Land, Infrastructure and the Environment as a Catalyst for Change

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Study Space IX: Cape Town 
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Study Space IX: Cape Town

Cape Town
 

Revaluing the City: Land, Infrastructure and the Environment as a Catalyst for Change

 

Monday, June 27-Friday, July 1 • Cape Town, South Africa

Apply now for Study Space IX

Africa is experiencing “an urban revolution” involving the most rapid urbanization in history, but amidst severe constraints. There are calls to grow local and national economies, enable employment, upgrade governance, improve global competitiveness, and reduce inequalities and poverty. 

Problems of income inequality, economic exclusion, food insecurity, inadequate transportation networks, lack of urban services, environmental degradation, and climate change present novel challenges for cities across Africa. Transforming African cities on their own terms, and making urban formations sustainable and equitable is an unprecedented challenge. 

Study Space IX will explore these urban growth issues in South Africa's oldest city, Cape Town, a profoundly unequal city from its days of slavery in the 17th century. Although labeled the continent’s least African city, Cape Town shares the ingredient of ‘slum urbanism’ with poverty and social stress in growing, sprawling informal settlements. There is relentless pressure to increase the density of residential land, and to revalue the city’s recreational, agricultural and public land, and ecosystem services. 
 
During the course of the week, participants will develop a wider, ‘southern’ perspective on balancing issues related to urban growth with a focus on income inequality and economic exclusion. Topics include:

  • Planning equitable and sustainable development
  • Property rights and land use law
  • Affordable housing and housing finance
  • Taxation and infrastructure finance
  • Cultural heritage and historic preservation
  • Environmental law
  • Climate change
Study Space IX is a joint project with University of Cape Town's African Center for Cities, a leading think tank focused on solving Sub-Saharan Africa's urban problems through scholarship and the creation of knowledge networks across the continent.


Program Cost

The program fee is $1,300 and includes scheduled group meals, speaker honoraria and site visits. Hotel, airline tickets and airport ground transportation must be purchased separately. A block of hotel rooms will be reserved Sunday through Thursday nights at the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge and is estimated to be $550 plus taxes, including breakfast daily.   

For more information, contact Karen Johnston (J.D. '08), assistant director for the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growh, at kjohnston3@gsu.edu or 404-413-9175.

 
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