Case Study Cities

Cape Town

The spatial legacy of colonialism still shapes the urban form in Cape Town where the majority of residents live in precarious conditions due to poverty, violence and natural hazards. Cape Town remains stubbornly divided and socio- economically unequal. Of the approximately 3,8 million people, around 24% are unemployed. 12% of residents live in informal dwellings and in slum conditions. Despite inequality, there are rich and varied arts, culture and heritage assets and practices, such as traditional music, festivals and a vibrant visual and performing arts scene, and a range of natural and historic heritage sites, myths, legends and cultural practices. [Continue reading...]


Under enormous threat from urbanism and westernization, as well as general heritage deterioration through cultural and natural processes and rapidly declining economic growth in traditional areas such as fishing and agriculture, Kisumu City nonetheless boasts of diverse cultural heritage resources that are uniquely and spatially distributed on the landscape laced with scenic landforms that traverse the city and its environs. As one moves across the city into the Lake Victoria shores, a myriad of cultural and natural features and artefacts dot this unique lacustrine region of western Kenya. [Continue reading...]

Cultural and Sacred Sites in Kisumu

The work in Kisumu involves four different sacred and cultural sites. [Continue reading...]