The Young Urbanists’ Manifesto

 

  1. We acknowledge and challenge the legacy of  apartheid

  2. We strive for economic, social, environmental and spatial Justice

  3. We aim to be change agents within our contexts and professions

  4. We nurture and build multi-disciplinary, diverse groups

  5. We strive to create inclusive, productive spaces for dialogue

  6. We work towards co-creating innovative solutions
     


We, the Young Urbanist of Cape Town, strive in all that we do, to do better.
— YU

1. We acknowledge and challenge the legacy of  apartheid

We acknowledge and focus on the fact that we live and operate in a post-apartheid built environment. Our work and dialogue strives to dismantle the spatial, economic and social divides created by the apartheid regime.

 

2. We strive for economic, social, environmental and spatial Justice

Young Urbanists have a holistic perspective on urbanism and believe in an inclusive city for all, not just those who can afford to participate in the urban realm. The work we do, projects we support, and events we host work towards achieving justice for all within our city.

 

3. We aim to be change agents within our contexts and professions

To be an agent of change within our context we strive to be productive and proactive, rather than reactionary; and to act as a diplomatic organisation.  We recognise the potential of the position that the Young Urbanists Group holds, and as such will capitalise on this power and privilege wisely to influence change within the city.

 

4. We aim to nurture a multi-disciplinary, diverse group

The Young Urbanists is an inclusive group, open to all races, genders, and work disciplines; without prejudice or bias. We will actively work towards hosting events with topics that engage different groups, in spaces that are accessible to members across the city.

 

5. We strive to create inclusive, productive spaces for dialogue

We strive to create a space which encourages productive open dialogue, that is respectful of participants backgrounds, professions, and preferences.  

 

6. We work towards co-creating innovative solutions

Engaging with finding innovative solutions – break the inertia, challenge the status quo, offer alternative development solutions Even if the solution may sometimes merely be a ‘better process’