Loeb Fellow, Class of 2018
Tau Tavengwa is the founder and co-editor of Cityscapes Magazine a magazine and convening platform focused on exploring and understanding cities in Africa; Latin America and South Asia from the perspective of the wide array of urban actors working in and from the global south. Each issue uses journalism, opinion, interviews and conversations as well as photography and illustration to in an effort to build a coherent voice of those thinking and working on addressing the present and future of cities in the the rest of the world
In the last 18 years, Tau has a worked as a designer in architecture, museum/exhibition design, and art & architecture publishing. His work in he last 10 years has been focused exclusively on urban issues in the global south and manifests in mediums that include exhibitions, books, events and film. He has curated several exhibitions on architecture and design as well as an extensive exhibition about inequality and complexity in the city of Cape Town titled City Desired He was also guest curator on the Rotterdam Architecture Biennale (IABR2016; The Next Economy) among others. Book projects include Counter-Currents and Rogue Urbanism as part of his work with the African Centre for Cities. Tau is former creative director on Art (South) Africa Magazine — one of the continent’s leading art magazines as well as founder and editor of Snapped Magazine — a quarterly publication dedicated to showcasing emerging photographers on the African continent. In a previous life he was creative director and concept designer on the Cradle of Mankind’s Maropeng Museum exhibition in Johannesburg as well as the De Beers Big Hole Diamond Museum in Kimberley, South Africa.
Tau is a 2017-18 Loeb Fellow and is exploring the establishment of a network/movement of policymakers, activists practitioners and academics based and working to tackle various urban challenges in cities across the global south to not only facilitate direct contact and familiarity with each other’s work but also finding ways to collaborate across borders and territories in parts of the world tackling familiar challenges and dealing with common histories.