On 19 April 2012, the fifth Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, worth R750 000, will be presented to a project – or projects – based in the Cape Town metropolitan area. The open call for entries starts on 23 November 2011 and ends on 24 February 2012.
The Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award recognizes and celebrates creative solutions to the problems and opportunities that face more than half the world’s population now living in cities. Accordingly, the award focuses on projects that benefit communities and local residents by improving their urban environments. It seeks to encourage citizens, policy-makers, private business and non-governmental organisations to take a proactive role in creating shared responsibilities for the cities of the 21st century – mankind’s first truly ‘urban’ age. In 2007, the award was presented jointly to two projects in Mumbai, and in 2008 to a project in São Paulo. It travelled to Istanbul in 2009 and most recently Mexico City in 2010. The award is associated with the Urban Age project, a worldwide investigation into the future of cities jointly initiated by Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, and LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science [see www.urban-age.net]
Wolfgang Nowak, Managing Director of the Alfred Herrhausen Society said: “Governing a city means managing contradictions. The Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award aims to encourage people to overcome contradictions and work together to take responsibility for their cities.”
The award will be judged by an independent jury of international and local members from a mix of disciplines. The three international jury members are Prof. Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities, the former Mayor of Washington D.C. Tony Williams, and architect Enrique Norten (TEN Arquitetos, Mexico/NY). The jury is chaired by Edgar Pieterse, Director of the African Centre for Cities at UCT, and the local jury members are Nomfundo Walaza, CEO of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, poet, playwright and performer Malika Ndlovu, and CEO of the Cape Town Partnership, Andrew Boraine.
Asked why he agreed to chair the jury for this award, Edgar Pieterse said: “It offers an opportunity to reinforce the momentum that has been established in Cape Town over the past few years, that sees design and public-community oriented urbanism as a key to unlocking many of the tough challenges confronting the city – this is most recently evidenced in the successful Word Design Capital 2014 bid. This award initiative explicitly seeks to recognise and validate organic initiatives from the grassroots, which is a vital complement to the efforts of the public sector to integrate the city and improve liveability in all areas, especially poor and working class areas. Through greater visibility of what people are doing for themselves, it becomes easier to promote social action across class, cultural and race lines to build genuine social coalitions for a more equitable, just and vibrant city.”
Jury member Malika Ndlovu said she is honoured to be a part of this panel, and had this to say about the award: “We are a country filled with many resilient, passionately resourceful and innovative people, often from particularly marginalised communities, who manifest the hope, beauty and victories over poverty rooted in their hearts and minds. They are the citizens who believe before they see and hence have access to inner resources of imagination, self-motivation and compassion allowing them to manifest what has not been seen or courageously harnessed before. Cape Town, the lucky and unquestionably worthy city chosen for the 2012 Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, is a South African site where this very spirit of transformation and its amazing community-driven evidence is being identified and encouraged for the future.”
Jury member Nomfundo Walaza also shared her thoughts about the award: “I love this city, and feel there is incredible work being done by unsung heroes behind closed doors that deserves to be brought to light. Newspapers should focus more on the good stories – stories about the people who follow their passion, roll up their sleeves and do something meaningful for their community rather than waiting for someone else to do it. We seldom take the time to humble ourselves, to say ‘I don’t understand’, and ask communities what they actually need. They know exactly what is needed, and as such they should be the ones in control. Solutions to problems germinate in the communities themselves rather than in boardrooms. The paternalistic relationship inherent in the ‘culture of entitlement’ is challenged by grassroots initiatives that find ways of sustaining themselves from the ground up. The award sends a clear message: in the midst of all the bad stuff we see and hear about, the most important factors are still resilience and the pooling of resources. Ultimately it is people, passion and value sytems that sustain projects. The award is important because it recognises projects that demonstrate collaboration and partnership, buy-in from the community, and the leveraging of support and volunteerism. It turns cynicism and negativity on its head and builds on courage and resilience, the human spirit that is God-given and resides in all of us.”
For more information on the award, visit www.DBUAaward.net
Prof. Edgar Pieterse is holder of the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Urban Policy. He directs the African Centre for Cities and is Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, both at the University of Cape Town. His most recent book is ‘City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development (Zed Books, 2008). He has also edited or co-edited ‘Counter-Currents: Experiments in sustainability in the Cape Town region’ (Jacana, 2010), ‘The African Cities Reader I & II’ (Chimurenga, 2010 & 2011), and ‘Consolidating Developmental Local Government’ (UCT Press, 2008), as well as a notable earlier book ‘Voices of the Transition: The Politics, Poetics and Practices of Development in South Africa’ (Heinemann, 2004). Edgar’s research is wide-ranging, covering themes such as African urbanism, cultural planning, regional development, urban governance and macro development issues. He is a founding member of Isandla Institute, serves on the boards of Magnet Theatre, the Sustainability Institute and the Cape Town Partnership, and is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Gauteng City-region Observatory and LSE Cities. He regularly provides advisory services to international development agencies such as UN Habitat, African Development Bank, DBSA, OECD urban division and UNEP, amongst others. Recently, he was asked to serve on the advisory committee for Cooper?Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, related to the international exhibition entitled ‘Design with the other 90%: Cities’.
Andrew Boraine is CEO of the Cape Town Partnership, a public-private partnership that manages the work of the pioneering Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) and Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 programme. Andrew is a graduate of UCT, and is Adjunct Professor at the African Centre for Cities. He has been involved in South Africa’s community, political, local government and urban development processes for the past 35 years. From 2001 to 2003, Andrew was Special Advisor to the Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on city development strategy and urban policy, and conceptualised and coordinated the establishment of the South African Cities Network. Prior to his term as Cape Town’s City Manager from 1997 to 2001, Andrew worked for the Department of Constitutional Development, where he helped to draft the Local Government Chapter in the Constitution and the White Paper on a new democratic system of local government. He has delivered papers on city and urban development strategy at a range of international workshops and conferences, and has taken part in the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) programme. Andrew chairs the board of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, and the Development Planning Committee of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). He is currently convenor of the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (EDP) process.
Tony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999 – 2007), is the Executive Director of the Global Government Practice at the Corporate Executive Board in Arlington, Virginia. He also serves as the William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management at the Harvard Kennedy School. During his two terms as Mayor, he is widely credited with leading the comeback of Washington, restoring the finances of our nation’s capital and improving the performance of government agencies, all while lowering taxes and investing in infrastructure and human services. Before his election as Mayor, he was the independent Chief Financial Officer of the District from 1995 to 1998, working with and on behalf of local officials, the D.C. Financial Control Board, and the U.S. Congress. Before his service in local Washington, Tony worked in a variety of positions in federal, state, and local government, including as the first CFO for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In addition to his work on company boards, Tony devotes his attention to issues of education and the environment, serving on the board of Fight for Children and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He holds a BA from Yale and an MPP from the Kennedy School and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, as well as a number of awards and honorary degrees, including Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year in 1997. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and former President of the National League of Cities.
Malika Ndlovu is an internationally published South African poet, playwright, performer who, for four years was project manager and online radio presenter for BadilishaPoetry.com, a unique African poetry podcasting platform. With a Degree in Performing Arts (1993) and Diplomas in Arts Administration (1995) and Advanced Theatre Research (1999-2000), she has wide range of experience in the Arts and Arts Management arena. She was a founding member of Cape Town-based women writers’ collective WEAVE, and co-editor of their multi-genre anthology Ink @ Boiling Point: A selection of 21st Century Black Women’s writing from the Southern Tip of Africa (2000). In 2004 she initiated the And The Word Was Woman Ensemble of female performance poets and later that year joined The Mothertongue Project, a collective of performing artists, writers and visual artists. Her poetry publications include Born in Africa But (1999) Womb to World: A Labour of Love (2001), Truth is both Spirit and Flesh (2008), a poetic memoir entitled Invisible Earthquake: a Woman’s Journal through Stillbirth (2009) and two published plays A Coloured Place (1998) and Sister Breyani (2010). Malika currently operates as an independent artist under the brand New Moon Ventures, dedicated to creating multi-media and collaborative works in line with her personal motto “healing through creativity.”
Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age programme. He is a Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. He was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and now advises the Olympic Legacy Park Company. He was architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006. In addition to leading innovative research on global cities, Burdett has curated numerous exhibitions including ‘Global Cities’ at Tate Modern, was Director of the 2006 Architecture Biennale in Venice and chairman of the Jury for the 2007 Mies van der Rohe Prize. He is architectural adviser to the cities of Genova and Parma, and a member of the Milan Expo 2015 steering committee. He is a Council member of the Royal College of Art and sits on the Mayor of London’s Promote London Board. He is co-editor of ‘Living in the Endless City’ and a regular contributor to journals, books and media programmes on contemporary architecture and urbanism.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Enrique Norten earned his degree in architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana in 1978, and his Master’s degree from Cornell University in 1980. Norten founded TEN Arquitectos [Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos] in 1986, where he currently serves as principal. In 2001 he opened a second office in New York. Norten was the first Mies van der Rohe Award recipient for Latin American Architecture in 1998. In 2005, he was awarded the “Leonardo da Vinci” World Award of Arts by the World Cultural Council, followed by the “Legacy Award” by the Smithsonian Institution in 2007. In 2008, he received the “Excellence in Architecture and Design Award” from PODER – Boston Consulting Group Business Awards, and in 2010 was recognized with the “Calli de cristal” Award by the Architects Association of Nuevo León. In 2011, Enrique was recognized with the “International Award” by the Society of American Registered Architects [SARA] and was named “Cultural Ambassador” by the Ministry of Tourism. Norten has lectured all over the world and has participated in numerous international juries such as that for the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition and the Holcim Foundation Awards for Sustainable Construction. He is a board member of the America´s Society and a recently-appointed member of the Board of Trustees of the Alfred Herrhausen Society, and he sat on the jury for past Deutsche Bank Urban Age awards. Norten currently holds the Miller Chair at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He has held the O´Neal Ford Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas in Austin, the Lorch Professor of Architecture Chair at the University of Michigan, and the Elliot Noyes Visiting Design Critic at Harvard University. He was Professor of Architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (1980-1990) and has served as a Visiting Professor at numerous esteemed Universities in the US.
Nomfundo Walaza is the Chief Executive Officer of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town. A clinical psychologist who has worked in the human rights field for the last two decades, she served for 11 years as the Executive Director of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture, focusing on empowering and healing victims of torture, trauma and violence, many of whom suffered severely at the hands of the Apartheid government. Nomfundo is passionate about womens issues and restoring the dignity of those who have suffered as a result of domestic violence and abuses. She serves on many forums dedicated to women’s issues, co-founded Women Demand Dignity and was consultant editor for FEMINA Magazine from 1996 to 2001. In conjunction with a lobby of progressive women’s organisations in Cape Town, Nomfundo played a leading role in shaping a gendered response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Nomfundo has addressed audiences and run workshops on human rights related issues both in South Africa and internationally. In 2001/2002 she was a visiting research scholar at the Human Rights Centre, University of California Berkley and subsequently taught semester courses at Smith College in New Hampton and at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at Denver University. Nomfundo currently serves on the boards of the Open Society Foundation, Social Change Assistance Trust, Bishopscourt Trust, and the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention. She represented the Anglican Church of Southern Africa on the Joint Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council, was an Executive Committee member of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims and served as board member to Psychologists Without Borders. She has recently become the Patron of the Inclusive Church, and in 2010 she received the AAUW/NASPA Women of Distinction Award from the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland Washington DC.