“Grave Encounters” Book Flyer

19 September 2017

Grave Encounters book flyer by Antonia Malan.

Terra nullius: colonists and the colonised: how was identity maintained?

14 September 2017

Papal Bulls gave Christians the ‘right’ to take over the lands of non-believers.  This forged identities that created ‘othering’ and led to brutal exploitation of aborigines and hybrid populations who could not be baptised, and so were ostracised from the power structure. See presentation by Prof Andy Smith from UCT.

The Table House in Cape Town by Noero Architects and Rainer Hehl

7 September 2017

Name:  The Table House Client:  Undisclosed Location:  Philippi, Cape Town Status:  Ongoing First prototype:  build by Hands of Honour     Informal shack dwellers in Cape Town exist in a state of helpless temporariness – helplessness as they don’t possess the technical skills to improve their homes and temporary because they hope that the state […]

R44: Do we talk in circles?

31 August 2017

Proposed changes to the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West were discussed on 15 August at a public meeting arranged by Mr Donald Grant, Western Cape Minister of Public Works and Transport, and Advocate Gesie van Deventer, Mayor of Stellenbosch. People at the meeting were concerned that the engineers in charge of the project ignored […]

Transgression in Mali a turning point in prosecution of damages to heritage

31 August 2017

The International Criminal Court will today order reparations to be paid by Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, an Islamist from Mali who was jailed last year after pleading guilty to destroying shrines and damaging a mosque in Timbuktu, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988. In 2012, while the city was under the control of jihadists connected […]

Theft of copper plaques still a headache

31 August 2017

The theft of copper plaques on historical buildings is still a problem, not only in Stellenbosch but also elsewhere in South Africa. Copper plaques are expensive and can quickly become the target of thieves. Blue ceramic plaques seem to be the solution but is expensive and must be ordered in large quantities. Plastic, and electronic […]

Driverless in future New York

20 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]