Seminar on spatial transformation in Johannesburg

What does spatial transformation mean?: Possibilities for a more equitable, liveable Johannesburg. Picture: Nocebo Bucibo

On Friday 2 June 2017, JIAS and the Wits City Institute hosted a one-day seminar entitled ‘What does spatial transformation mean?: Possibilities for a more equitable, liveable Johannesburg’.

The seminar was held on the JIAS campus at 1 Tolip Street in Westdene. It was organised by Dr Melissa Tandiwe Myambo, a 2017 JIAS Writing Fellow, in conjunction with the Wits City Institute.

The seminar took place in three sessions.

Johannesburg: critical concerns laid out chronic structural problems in relationship to the city’s historically conditioned spatial politics.

Rethinking Challenges, Exploring Solutions explored potential critical solutions e.lg. the transport initiative, corridors of Freedom, efforts to ‘green’ the city economy, social housing, and private-public partnerships.

This was followed by a Round Table Discussion among local government officials, scholars, urban developers, and others.

The fourth component of the seminar was an art exhibition and theoretical photo essay on Johannesburg and New Delhi at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA) in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. It was opened on 1 June, and remained on view until 7 June.

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