“It is a public secret that we have no practical idea how to undo and remake the legacy of the spatial inequality apartheid has bequeathed us,” writes Professor Edgar Pieterse from the University of Cape Town. “Our visions, and much more our concrete plans, are constrained by private property, existing real estate market dynamics and public policies that seem to exacerbate the problem, despite the best intentions of the state.”
Following a collaborative and experimental year-long project between the African Centre for Cities at UCT, Centre for Humanities Research at the University of Western Cape, and Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University, Pieterse and his colleagues distilled five propositions to reframe public debates on urban integration in Cape Town.
The provocations and research prompted by this project are distilled in The Integration Syndicate: Shifting Cape Town’s Socio-Spatial Debate written in collaboration with Edgar Pieterse, Pippa Green, Bella Knemeyer, Alison Pulker and Alma Viviers, and published by ACC.
The Integration Syndicate is an ongoing urban integration project that fosters ‘action networks’ through encounters in a non-partisan, safe and open space where frank discussions are paired with a commitment to collaborative answers.
height 25.5cm | width 19.3cm | page number 236In addition to author and academic, Edgar Pieterse is the director of the African Centre for Cities and the NRF South African Research Chair in Urban Policy.