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About The Speaker

Zahira Asmal

Zahira Asmal is the founder and director of The City, a research, publishing and place-making agency. In her projects she seeks to create knowledgeable urban citizens and to enhance the making of public places and spaces in South African cities through engagement and collaboration with governments, cultural institutions, architects, academia, and the public. Her books, Reflections & Opportunities, and Movement, examine sociopolitical, economic, and cultural environments shaping South Africa’s big cities. Her current project, See, explores contested urban histories, equal representation in the memorialization of history, and the construction of resilient postcolonial urban identities. Zahira served as advisor to the Africa Architecture Awards in 2017 and is serving on the Board of Advisors of the International Archive of Women in Architecture.

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