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Project Overview

“South African City Futures: Visualising the Futures of our Neighbourhoods” is a partnership-based initiative which seeks to engage urban stakeholders at a local level in thinking systematically, visually and collectively about their future by combining the use of futures thinking, multi-stakeholder dialogue, and multiple forms of visualisation to reflect upon the future of their urban neighbourhoods. The project will see us working with neighbourhoods in Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay, and will culminate in various creative expressions and events, including an installation at the International Union of Architects World Congress in 2014.

Objectives

To combine the use of futures thinking, multi-stakeholder dialogue, and multiple forms of visualisation (of data, of built form, and of lifestyle) to reflect upon the future of urban neighbourhoods.

Time Frame

SACF is to be implemented in up to 8 selected neighbourhoods located in the Cities of Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay between January 2013 and March 2014.

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Project Methodology

 SA City Futures consists of four phases, each with specific deliverables,

These phases are:
Phase One: African Centre for Cities (ACC) developed the methodology and techniques for this project.

Phase Two: The project kick starts within the neighbourhoods of Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay.

 

Phase Three: Creative visualisation during the facilitated workshops and of the outcome for each neighbourhood. This phase will require appointing artists, designers, filmmakers and street theatre companies to creatively communicate the outcomes and exhibit them at both the International Union of Architects Congress in Durban in 2014, as well as within the neighbourhoods and cities where the methodology was piloted. The artworks will be highly interactive.

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Reference Group Composition

A list of people responsible for contributing the project.

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Project Background

SA City Futures is an innovative project that combines the use of futures thinking, multi-stakeholder dialogue, and multiple forms of visualisation (of data, of built form, and of lifestyle) to reflect upon the future of urban neighbourhoods.

The City Futuring methodology will involve developing and triangulating across these multiple visualisations to produce a neighbourhood-level rendering of possible futures by the year 2040. These will be interpreted and expressed into creative public installations which are to be located in the respective neighbourhoods. The series of outputs are to be launched in inclusive community launch events, as well as an intended showcasing at the 25th International Union of Architects World Congress to be held in Durban in August 2014.

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