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 […]

Calatrava’s first project on British soil

21 February 2017

The Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s first project in Britain has just been launched. The Peninsula Place development is planned for North Greenwich, next to the O2 Stadium (formerly known as the fairly unsuccessful Millennium Dome). At an estimated £1 billion it will stretch over 130 000m2 and include a new metro and bus station as […]

Traffic + urban areas + developing economies = ?

1 December 2016

The struggle Stellenbosch has with traffic is the symptom of a more general illness that negatively affects the quality of life of the inhabitants. In The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies the challenges regarding urban traffic felt by twelve developing economies – including South Africa – are investigated. Countries such as SA, Brazil, Mexico […]

New Zealand boasts with World Landscape prize

1 December 2016

The Kopupaka reserve in Auckland, New Zealand was recently appointed as winner of the World Landscape Prize for 2016. The 22 hectare-reserve consist of five storm water wetlands. Wooden structures were erected next to three of these wetlands, reports Dezeen. The design is inspired by Maori basket weaving, well-known to the region and traditionally used […]

World Building of the Year announced

1 December 2016

Where there used to be a hole in the urban fabric of the Polish city Szczecin, there now stands the 2016 World Building of the Year, the Dialogue Centre, part of the Szczecin Museum. The space, on an important street corner, was used as a park before but was never well-maintained. Most of the buildings […]

Interior prize announced

1 December 2016

Not only was the prizes for architecture announced at the recent World Architecture Festival, but the interior of the year was also made official. The Heike concept store in Hangzhou, China, by Shanwei Weng & Jiadie Yuan/Hangzhou AN Interior Design is the winner for 2016. Heike is a fashion brand. The monochrome boutique’s two storeys […]

Innovation is awarded

1 December 2016

  The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently awarded prizes for innovation in architecture. The TAP/CCA Innovation awards are awarded in four different categories, focusing on technology and the enhancement of building management practice. The categories are: *’Stellar Design’ Astana Expo City 2017 is currently under construction in Astana, Kazakhstan. The architects, Adrian Smith + Gordon […]

The Mies Crown Hall America Prize goes to SANAA’s Grace Farms

1 December 2016

The annual award for architecture of distinctive quality built in North or South America, the Mies Crown Hall America Prize, was awarded to the Grace Farms project in New Canaan, California. Grace Farms is a non-profit organisation who aims to “create a platform for people to experience nature, the arts, justice, community building and faith”. […]

Ten best architecture publications for 2016

1 December 2016

At the annual Frankfurt book fair, the German Architecture Museum (DAM) announced the list of the ten best architecture books for 2016. Two hundred and fourteen books from 88 publishers were entered and judged according to criteria such as design content, quality of material and finishes, innovation and topicality. Here is a list of the […]