july, 2014



Event Details

edgar michelle

Professor Edgar Pieterse is an urban scholar, writer and creative agent whose interests include the theory and practice of policy discourses and interventions to make cities more just, open, fun and accessible. He holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy at the University of Cape Town and is founding director of the African Centre for Cities. Formerly a special policy advisor to the premier of the Western Cape, he is the author of City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development, co-editor of Africa’s Urban Revolution (2014) and Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities (2013) and Consulting Editor of Cityscapes.

Dr. Michelle Provoost  is an architectural historian, curator and consultant on urban planning and architecture affairs. She is a partner in Crimson Architectural Historians (est. 1994, Rotterdam) with whom she engaged in a large number of research and design projects, publications and articles in national and international magazines. From 2009 on she is the director of the International New Town Institute in Almere, the Netherlands, a non profit think-and-do-tank, aiming to contribute to the quality of new cities worldwide.

At Department of Design, Dr. Provoost will present a keynote lecture entitled Density of what? The Problem with New TownsThe case of Atlantis and Wescape confronts us with the question: Can two wrongs make a right? While the unprecedented urbanization worldwide seems to ask for many new cities and they are on the drawing boards, we can ask ourselves if New Towns are always the solution. Is it possible to make a good city from scratch? The outdated modernist principles of zoning and efficiency have given way to more urban dense concepts of the good city, but if we talk about density we should ask: Density of what?

Professor Edgar Pieterse will present a keynote lecture entitled, The Relevance of Densification in the Context of the Integrated Urban Development Framework. President Zuma announced in his recent State of the National Address that the government will publish the draft Integrated Urban Development Framework by the end of July for public review. The talk will explore the significance of densification imperatives in the context of this policy agenda.

Participation: Limited space available; please enquire to RSVP@departmentofdesign.nl.

Parking: Information may be found here.


(Thursday) 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Department of Design

8 Vrede Street, Gardens 8100 Cape Town, South Africa


Department of Design