Architectures of mobility and enclosure: City improvement districts and cultural quarters in the South African city
Lecture by Dr Bradley Rink, Department of Geography, Environmental Studies & Tourism, University of the Western Cape, 7 December 2016, 16h00, Campus Boekentoren, J. Plateaustraat 22, B-9000 Gent, aud F (introduction by prof. Michiel Dehaene)
In this lecture Bradley Rink will reflect on recent empirical studies in the city of Cape Town where he interrogates architectures of enclosure in the contemporary African city. The research undertaken investigates the role of city improvement districts (CIDs) and cultural quarters in the intervention and management of mobility within the context of the South African city as evidenced by the Groote Schuur City Improvement District (GSCID) in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, the Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District (VRCID) in the northern suburbs and the urban quarter of De Waterkant in the central business district. Across these varied contexts, he will analyse the development and operationalisation of architectures of mobility and enclosure that define contemporary urbanism in South Africa through the management of mobility and mobile subjects. The results of the collective analysis suggests that these architectures function through the management of mobility—of humans, capital, objects, and information—applying friction or enabling flow differentially to shape the city and its citizens.
This event is the second in a lecture series on the theme “Architectural and Urban Sustainability in Africa. Current discourses and practices. A critical evaluation”, which is initiated by Johan Lagae & Michiel Dehaene, with the support of VLIR-UOS, the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (UGent) and the Ghent Africa Platform (GAP). The following lecture will take place on 21 February 2017 (Prof. Jiat Hwee Chang, University of Singapore).