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Making of Cities was founded in 2013 as a niche urban and regional development consultancy pushing boundaries towards new approaches to sustainability and resilience.
From conception to creation, we work with local and international government agencies, NGOs, policy networks, community interest groups, property associations and land developers to deliver programmes and projects.
We work towards localised solutions at a range of scales; from streets and squares, to neighbourhoods, cities and regions. As the project needs arise, we source talent from our network of associates as lead or support consultants.
We offer a range of customised services ranging from innovative research and policy development, spatial planning, sustainability and resilience, informal settlement upgrading, inner-city regeneration and institutional design.
The environments we work in are diverse, and includes informal settlements, urban centres in decline, degraded environmental areas and target investment zones. We are deeply rooted in community, and our work contributes towards a better understanding of change in cities of the Global South.
our founder and principal
Walter is experienced in urban development, project management and finance and held permanent appointments (before founding MoC in 2013) across diverse sectors including planning and property services (CBRE, GVA), media (Zenith, BPP), transport (Network Rail), urban planning/ regeneration (GTP), and human settlements (CORC, SDI) in UK, USA, South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda.
- MSc City Planning and Real Estate (University of Glasgow, 2016)
- MPhil Sustainable Development Management (University of Stellenbosch, 2011)
- Post-Grad Diploma in Urban Design (University of Strathclyde, 2016)
- Post-Grad Diploma in Financial Management (Association of Certified Charted Accountants, 2009)
Candidate Planner: South African Council of Planners (C/8467/2017)
Associate: South African Planning Institute (3R1HZA)
Licentiate: Royal Town Planning Institute (87662)
we offer a range of customised services
Learn how we add value as lead or support consultants
RESEARCH & POLICY
We have a track record of academic rigor and our work is evidence-based and underpinned by credible research. This research helps organisations understand the context and character of complex systems to plan better interventions.
INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS & HOUSING
One of our specialty areas is the complex policy, planning and implementation dynamics of informal settlement upgrading projects, from pre-planning to housing consolidation.
DEVELOPMENT FACILITATION & COMMUNICATIONS
We develop creative and authentic stakeholder engagements. Better communication of development intentions and outcomes can generate new insights, create cohesion and gear support.
SPATIAL PLANNING, SUSTAINABILITY & RESILIENCE
Planning for sustainability and resilience requires forward planning approaches to mitigate the environmental, social and economic shocks brought about by climate change. We can support you.
PARTNERING SOLUTIONS & INSTITUTIONAL DESIGN
Governance is an important element of integrated development, and often requires special initiatives. We can help to set up and design institutions that deliver on multiple mandates.
PLACE MAKING, MANAGEMENT & REGENERATION
Urban management requires the coordination of multiple organisations, and we draw on local and international best practice in planning, operations and design guidance to create great places.
we form meaningful relationship with OUR CLIENTS
The diversity of our services reflects the diversity of our work
Support the business planning of Metro Central Partnership, an initiative between City of Cape Town and ACSA
Conceptualisation, design, research and wording of Planning for Informality
Production of a 30,000 word Guide for officials on participatory informal settlement upgrading.
Design and research of a departmental strategy including training programme and sector capacity building.
Workshopping the options for consent uses and/or township establishment on Rosemary Hill, Pretoria East.
A review of NMBM investment plans as part of Cities Support Programme, National Treasury
Curate and faciliate a 5 day training course for 50 non-metro officials
Research and project design for place making and management strategies in Bellville and Parow CBDs.
Title deed searches and workshops with property owners.
Pre-feasibility study into a pop-up market for Bellville CBD
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