At OpenCity, we have spent the last seven years learning about what motivates diverse people to spend time in a place and connect with others. Design for Diversity is a new way of viewing, planning and designing public space through a lens of inclusion and diversity. Over the coming weeks we will unpack the Design for Diversity manifesto to ease planners and city lovers into the practice. In this post, we address the importance of “promoting universal themes” – the seventh point in our manifesto. Continue reading
In an effort to combat community isolation and “fear of the other” Ciudad Emergente the Santiago-based social enterprise that focuses on enhancing public space through tactical urbanism, developed a Malón Urbano or Urban Potluck. The simple idea of sharing a meal with neighbours has created real change at the community level. Continue reading
Urban dwellers are discovering that no backyard or plot of land is too small to grow their own food. Combining the local and organic food movements with DIY, urban farming is on the rise. Continue reading
Few cities in the world can compete with the energy and activity on the streets of Jakarta. If you’re new to the megalopolis, the heat, the noise, the smells and the sheer volume of people and traffic can easily overwhelm your senses. But it’s exhilarating to take it in and experience all the amazing and baffling things those streets have to offer. Continue reading
As Torontonians enjoy the last days of August, OpenCity Projects examines one of the city’s perennial favourite summer activities. A visit to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), held at Exhibition Place annually since 1879, is as much a harbinger of summer’s end as it is a tradition for local families. Continue reading
Inspired by night markets from around the world, The Stop’s Night Market transformed the alley and parking lot next to Honest Ed’s into a tantalizing feast for the senses. This year’s event provided a mash‐up of Toronto’s best street food and art, offering Torontonians a unique chance to experience Honest Ed’s iconic space like they’ve never seen it before. Continue reading
This is the third article in a series on the markets of Warwick Junction.
Durban’s Bovine Head Market is a fascinating blend of old customs and modern urban design. As the name implies, the market’s entire existence revolves around cows’ heads, which are boiled to make a special soup that is served up with dumplings, and considered to be “a food of the gods”. Traditionally this Zulu delicacy was exclusively prepared by and served to men, but over time this age-old custom has become more inclusive, with women cooking and eating it too.
This is the second article in a series on the markets of Warwick Junction.
Traditional medicine – known as Muthi – plays a vital role in health and wellness for South Africans. Traditional healers diagnose and prescribe based on age-old wisdom passed down through the generations. Illnesses and ailments are treated with herbal remedies that are grown, prepared and dispensed through a vast network of suppliers and traders in South Africa.
Durban’s Warwick Junction is home to one of the largest Muthi markets in South Africa, and from an urban planning perspective, the history of the market space is as fascinating as the Muthi itself. Before the Warwick Junction urban renewal project got underway in the late 1990s, traders sold their wares on the street, where the lack of shelter and storage space left them at constant risk of damage and theft. To protect their goods overnight, many traders slept beside them on the pavement. Continue reading
This is the first article in a series on the markets of Warwick Junction.
Just beyond the central business district of Durban, South Africa, you’ll find the vibrant Markets of Warwick Junction, an amalgamation of nine distinct yet connected markets and squares.
Wandering around the markets is a thrill for your senses powered by the energy of 500,000 people who pass through every day. Follow the aroma of one hundred different spices to Victoria Street Market and test your mettle against the “mother-in-law exterminator,” a spice which brings tears to the eyes of even the hardiest spice lovers. You can satisfy all your dumpling and soup needs at the Bovine Head Market which is named for the chief ingredient of a soup that is a local Zulu delicacy! And no matter where you go, the scent of meat grilling over portable charcoal grills fashioned from old shopping carts—still on wheels!—will literally follow you around. Continue reading