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Sustainability Forum: Rapid Urbanisation

July 24, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

With the continuous population growth and greater economic opportunities in our cities, rapid urbanisation is a reality. Urban populations are expected to grow from 33% in 1950 to 60% and 80% in developed countries by 2025. These unprecedented rates of urbanisation put enormous pressure on cities and environmental sustainability and addressing issues such as density levels, land use patterns and connectivity will have a major impact on the climate and economic prosperity.

From a population of 3.75 million, Cape Town will expand to 5 million by 2030 due to natural growth and migration. As a city built within the apartheid era, what opportunities are there for densification, affordable housing and urban development that will ensure a more inclusive city? How we respond to rapid urbanisation, energy security, infrastructure development, resource scarcity, water constraints, and climate change will determine our prosperity.

Join us as we hear from Prof Edgar Pieterse, Director at the African Centre for Cities who will discuss the environmental and social impacts of rapid urbanisation and Cathy Stone, Director: Spatial Planning & Urban Design at the City of Cape Town who will focus on land use planning, densification and development opportunities within Cape Town.

Prof Edgar Pieterse

Edgar Pieterse is founding director the African Centre for Cities and is holder of the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy. His research stems from the borderzone between geography, planning and cultural studies with a strong orientation towards political philosophy. He is consulting editor for Cityscapes—an international magazine on urbanism in the global South. He has written extensively with his most recent co-edited books being Africa’s Urban Revolution (2014); Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities (2013). At present he is leading a policy process to formulate the Integrated Urban Development Framework for South Africa.

Cathy Stone

Cathy is Director of Spatial Planning & Urban Design at the City, and coordinates the Cape Town chapter of the Cities Support Programme. As an urban planner, she has overseen the preparation of the Cape Town Spatial Development Framework, the District Plans, the Densification Policy, the introduction of the new Integrated Cities Development Grant into Cape Town, and is now responsible for the preparation of the City’s Built Environment Performance Plan.


July 24, 2015
8:00 am - 9:00 am