Month: March 2018

Lisa Kane everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted”

Funders and corporates are accountable to shareholders and voters. Why should anyone, or any thing, offer funds for something which cannot be measured? Especially in a South African context where the needs are so many and the resources so limited? Into this mix…conversations about what is necessary in this country? Will “development”, either economic or …

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Lisa Kane Four truths about roads and ‘unfinished’ freeways

When exasperated Professor of Transport Policy, Phil Goodwin took to the stage for his inaugural lecture at the University College London, with a lecture memorably titled, Solving Congestion (when we must not build roads, increase spending, lose votes, damage the economy, and will never find equilibrium), he took a well-aimed swipe at the ignorance about …

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Lisa Kane Small is beautiful_ on NMT infrastructure

Picture from ‘Annual Report of the City Engineer, Cape Town. 1984-1985 We are somewhat obsessed with big infrastructure projects. Whatever form it takes, we love those big, sexy (expensive) infrastructure schemes. And yet, if you take a good look at the places where walking and cycling thrives (think Scandinavia, the low countries, small town UK, …

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Lisa Kane God-tricks and the Foreshore

The models and visuals of the 2017 exhibition of the Foreshore were equally entrancing. They allowed the visitor to get a full sense of the scale and grandeur of the proposals. Visitors could move, as if in an airplane, through the air above the city and see the future visions below. Donna Haraway calls this …

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Lisa Kane "Lean and elegant”: The poetics of freeway building

Source: Cape Times. April 7, 1973 and Louis De Waal clippings collection The Foreshore Freeways have been controversial from the outset. In the early 1970s the National Monuments Council unleashed an attack on the City of Cape Town for ‘indiscriminate development’. Fury focused on the potential impact of the planned Buitengracht Freeway section of the …

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Lisa Kane A_poster_Victor Bicycles LOC

“Our proposal starts”, said one of the 2017 Foreshore bids “by re-arranging and completing the elevated freeways in a lean and elegant way, thereby resolving the key traffic bottlenecks and improving traffic flows all across the surrounding road network.” ‘Lean’, ‘elegant’ and the resolution of traffic bottlenecks is not text-book civil engineering, but these words …

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Lisa Kane Five ‘take-homes’ on Transport Justice

Karel Marten’s book on Transport Justice  is full of worthwhile justice philosophy fodder. However, the five significant ‘take-homes’ ask for something closer to home – a revolution in transport planning methods. Congestion is a problem of privilege. The existence of traffic congestion is essentially a sign that road infrastructure is a success. The road network provides …

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