Zahira Asmal, THE CITY, Founder, South Africa
Zahira Asmal is the founder and managing director of THE CITY, a publishing company focused on city making and design. Her first book, Reflections & Opportunities was published in English and Brazilian Portuguese and was presented in 17 cities in Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and Europe. In June 2012, Asmal curated an exhibition, A Nation Under Construction for the International Architecture & Design Showcase in London, supported by the British Council and Brand South Africa. Asmal is currently working on a place-making project in Johannesburg’s inner city, in collaboration with Executive Mayor Parks Tau, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) and architect David Adjaye OBE. She is publishing two books on the concept of Movement for Cape Town and Johannesburg due for release in September 2015. Asmal has lectured and presented on design led urban development at universities, design schools and events across the globe.