Loeb Lecture: Edgar Pieterse


Thursday, October 8, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

African cities are confronted by large youthful labour markets with limited prospects of formal industrial employment, on the one hand, and rapid physical expansion without the resources to address the massive infrastructural requirements to support people and economies, on the other. These daunting challenges are compounded by the impacts of the climate crisis and other forms of acute environmental risk. This confluence calls for situated innovations to reimagine and redesign investments in sustainable infrastructures that are simultaneously low-carbon, labour-intensive and geared towards place-making and civic empowerment.

Edgar Pieterse’s Loeb Lecture will reference various African cities but converge on a specific site in Cape Town where wild and improbable plans are afoot to instantiate an imagined experimental space.

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