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Tau Tavengwa

Co-Founder and Editor of Cityscapes

Tau Tavengwa is the co-founder, curator and editor of Cityscapes; an annual publication focused on presenting a global South perspective on cities, urbanisation now and in the future. He is a 2018 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and currently a Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute. Additionally, he is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics’ LSE Cities.

Tau has a background in architecture and museum design as well as art and architecture publishing. He has curated several exhibitions on art, architecture and design. 2014’s City Desired focused on exploring the depths and effects of inequality and the varying levels of complexity that influence life in Cape Town and South African cities in general. He was guest curator on the 2016 Rotterdam Architecture Biennale and has contributed to various exhibitions, including the Chicago Architecture Biennale and Vitra’s Making Africa exhibition. 

Tau was creative director for Art (South) Africa Magazine, founding editor of Snapped Magazine and has produced several projects including books like Rogue Urbanism and Counter-Currents. From 2001 and 2006, Tau was creative director and concept designer for the Cradle of Mankind’s Maropeng Museum in Johannesburg and concept designer for the De Beers Big Hole Diamond Museum in Kimberley, South Africa.


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