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The problem with Copenhagen-Style Urbanism

16 August 2017

Despite the many lessons one can learn from the Danish capital Copenhagen in terms of city design, there is one important problem that is often overlooked: the size of Copenhagen (600 000 inhabitants) versus cities like New York or Chicago. This is the conclusion of critic Martin Pedersen after a recent study visit to the Danish […]

Driverless in future New York

16 August 2017

While driverless cars are still mostly limited to paper in South Africa, cities in Europe and North America are actively starting to plan for the advent of this new chapter in transportation. BlankSpace recently hosted The Driverless Future Challenge, asking for proposals that would actively shape New York City’s response to driverless cars. Entries from […]

Mayor of London appoints “Design Advocates”

16 August 2017

A group of fifty architects and designers have been appointed by the Mayor of London as “Design Advocates”. The purpose is to support design and building in the British capital and to ensure that it is “high-quality, inclusive, and sustainable”, reports ArchDaily. It forms part of the “Good for Growth” initiative, in which the Mayor, Sadiq […]

Ten contemporary buildings in the UK on a new stamp series

16 August 2017

Ten buildings erected in the United Kingdom in the recent past, are celebrated on a special series of stamps made available by Royal Mail recently. According to Royal Mail the buildings “represent the renaissance of contemporary architecture in the UK of recent years”. Three of the stamps are of Zaha Hadid Architects’ London Aquatics Center, […]

American Modernism restored, celebrated and awarded

16 August 2017

The American chapter of Docomomo, Docomomo US, has recently announced the 2017 winners of the Modernism in America Awards. Nine projects were highlighted for the restoration of postwar architecture and landscapes in the United States. Now in its fourth year, the Modernism in America Awards were founded to celebrate “the people and projects working to preserve, restore and […]

The Best Student Design-Build Projects Worldwide 2017

15 August 2017

ArchDaily have asked students to make submissions for the third Student Design-build Projects. The response was very good and the editorial team have selected 34 projects that they feel deserve wider recognition. Projects from as wide as the USA, UK, Spain, Chile, Taiwan and Finland was entered. There also are two Iranian schemes and one […]

RIBA announces House of the Year award longlist

15 August 2017

One of the first shortlists to be announced in the annual “awards season” for architecture, is the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) annual award given to the best house or extension completed by an architect in the United Kingdom in the last year. Two projects are on the shortlists for both House of the Year […]

Stirling Prize Shortlist

15 August 2017

Six projects will be competing for the 2017 Stirling Prize, the most coveted prize for architecture in the United Kingdom. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) gives this award to the building “that has made the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture in a given year.” The finalists are selected from the list […]

The Key To Our Future Is Buried In The Past: Philosophical thoughts on saving us from ourselves

22 June 2017

Imagine a world without fame, famine or fear, a world without waste, wars and mass extinction. Hard to imagine, and yet our ancestors lived in that world. Is it too much to imagine that we could get back to such a world? If we do not, then our future could be in serious doubt. Click […]

The Vlakte of Stellenbosch

6 April 2017

In the last century, the Gaiety Cinema was a famous venue in Stellenbosch for several decades, specifically for the community of the Vlakte.  This institution is now being celebrated in a new publication, which was introduced during a walkabout with Wilfred Damon, a former resident and teacher for the vicinity.     Pumflet Gaiety was […]

The 2017 Pritzker surprise

4 April 2017

The recipients of the 2017 Pritzker Prize for architecture is the fairly unknown firm of RCR Arquitectes from Catalonia, Spain.   With this announcement, the ‘Nobel prize’ for architecture, as the Pritzker is also known, has been awarded to only the third woman in the prize’s 38-year history. Carmen Pigem, one of the partners at […]

Two Mexicans awarded Women in Architecture prize

4 April 2017

The Architectural Review’s Women in Architecture 2017 prize for Architect of the Year was given to Gabriela Carrillo of Taller Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo, reports ArchDaily. Another Mexican, Rozana Montiel, won the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture. Montiel is from Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura. Both women were commended for “working sustainably and democratically with local […]

In New Zealand and India rivers become people

4 April 2017

The inability of, first, the British and subsequently the New Zealand government to uphold the Treaty of Waitangi, has led to the unique decision to grant the Whanganui river similar legal status as a person, the Economist reports. According to the Treaty of Waitangi, signed in 1840, the indigenous Maori ceded sovereignty to the British […]

A vision of road safety

4 April 2017

Road safety in South Africa is a much debated topic. Why are so many lives lost annually when it can, to a large extent, be prevented? According to Arrive Alive’s website, 10 857 people died in traffic accidents in 2009 (the last year for which statistics are given). Given that SA’s total population in 2009 […]

Pedestrianised space: How to win over the sceptics

4 April 2017

Public space improves the well-being of local citizens, according to The Plaza Perspective. Citizens are better connected, happy and also more prosperous, it argues. But despite some of the world’s foremost cities creating more public space for its citizens – think Times Square in New York or the way in which Copenhagen has re-appropriated streets […]

Pencil Tree in Marais Street, Stellenbosch

4 April 2017

One of three trees who’s roots were damaged by the building contractors and then eventually died.  This gave us the opportunity to sculpt one off the trees into pencils.

Stellenbosch Heritage Inventory – We need your help!

21 February 2017

Stellenbosch Municipality has a deep history and a rich and varied heritage. Our identity as individuals (who we are) and as part of a community (where we belong) is based on our relationship to the environment around us, often called a ‘sense of place’. Human activities have been imprinted on the natural landscapes over a […]

Shortlist for 2017 EU Mies prize

21 February 2017

The shortlist of 40 projects considered for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award (the Mies Award, in short), has just been made available, reports ArchDaily. The projects represent 17 of the 28 EU member states and highlight the realities of today’s Europe: cities, housing heritage and memory. […]

Louvre recognized for 25 years

21 February 2017

The famous glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris, France, was chosen by the American Institute of Architects as recipient of its 25-year award. This award celebrates a project that has “stood the test of time by embodying architectural excellence for 25 to 35 years,” ArchDaily reports. IM Pei’s design is as well-known today as […]

New attempt to understand destruction of cultural heritage

21 February 2017

The website Aggregate recently published a new collection of essays – The Destruction of Cultural Heritage: From Napoléon to ISIS – in which it attempts to put the destruction of buildings, monuments and artefacts in the Middle East in context. According to the website, the essays investigate the destruction of monuments in the Middle East […]