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Pete Ahmad

03 September 2020

Pete Ahmad


uKESA Librarian2


South Africa


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Talking Transformation Podcast

About the podcast

This podcast is an open conversation addressing contemporary city building and spatial transformation issues in South Africa. You can follow the podcast's activities via the twitter page: https://twitter.com/TalkingTransfo1

Episode 28

Episode 28: "One Year On" - Reflecting on and celebrating a year of Talking Transformation [Recorded October 6th 2020]

It’s been over a year since the launch of the Talking Transformation Podcast, and to celebrate the first anniversary, we’ve taken a moment to reflect on how far we have come and where we want to go!

In this episode host, Pete Ahmad, is in the hot seat, where he shares some of his insights from the past 12 months. We get to know the man ordinarily behind the mic and learn about his journey as a planner.

We also find out what catalysed the creation of the podcast and how it has done in terms of achieving its aims. These aims have included: extending the South African urbanism and transformation discussion; creating inclusive conversations; and establishing an archive for various interest groups.

Episode 27

Episode 27: "Masterclass!": Reflections on global approaches to urbanisation and settlement upgrading [Recorded September 2nd 2020]

Listen to renowned architect and urban planner, Claudio Acioly Jr. until recently, head of the UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme).

His diverse and rich insights come during a period of increasing land invasion and informal settlement growth during the lockdown period: the tangible, spatial consequences of the pressures of urbanisation and faltering national and regional economies.

During this episode we consider: What can informal settlements offer cities at a time when supply and demand is adversely impacted by the impact of the pandemic? What is it that cities fail to learn and need to accept / adapt to maximise the opportunities? How do these differ in during and after the crisis? Where can we look for inspiration and innovation?


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