Inner-city living

31 May New Urbanism

Inner-cities are attractive to investors and tenants for a variety of reasons. Travel times are reduced. Fuel and energy costs are lower, and you can shrink your carbon footprint.

What is driving the Western Cape property market?

24 May New Urbanism

The economic slowdown has inevitably affected the once-booming property market in the Western Cape, but it remains resilient. What is keeping it going?

The future of mixed-use shopping

14 May New Urbanism

Shops and shopping centres are having to adapt to the changing needs of their customers, and the expectations of the consumers they want to attract. But while online shopping is undeniably convenient, bricks-and-mortar outlets remain popular.

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How to reduce your carbon footprint

9 April New Urbanism

Your lifestyle determines your carbon footprint. Where you live and work, how much water and electricity you use, what you eat and wear, how you get…

Designing cities for good mental health

3 April New Urbanism

With so many city dwellers suffering from mild to severe mental illnesses, the impact of urban life on our frame of mind is starting to register more widely. Consequently, mental health is moving up the list of key considerations in the planning, design and development of urban areas.

How green are Cape Town’s office spaces?

26 March New Urbanism

Some of the most environmentally friendly commercial property and office spaces in Africa are found in Cape Town. Take a look at a few ways and places the Mother City where such developments are working hard at caring for the environment.

Young couple walking in a new urban precinct

What’s up with ‘walkability’?

19 March New Urbanism

Many cities are becoming more people-friendly thanks to something surprisingly simple – walking –by planning and designing on a more human scale.

Why live in a mixed-use precinct?

13 March New Urbanism

Urbanisation is challenging cities across the globe as people migrate in ever-increasing numbers from rural to metropolitan areas. It won’t be long before megacities like Tokyo and Delhi top 40 million inhabitants. Compared with 4.5 million in Cape Town and 5.6 million in Johannesburg, the scale of these places is jaw-dropping.