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The Stellenbosch Heritage Inventory and Management Plan

7 June 2018

The Stellenbosch Heritage Inventory and Management plan is innovative and authoritative and a significant achievement for Stellenbosch. Heritage Western Cape endorsed it on 23 May 2018. The inventory is an overview inventory for Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and the district.  It was preceded by an earlier Heritage Inventory for the Stellenbosch town centre by the Stellenbosch Heritage […]

Fabio Todeschini, explorer of landscapes, 1940-2018

7 June 2018

Fabio Todeschini was a tireless explorer of landscapes. As lecturer and head of the University of Cape Town’s School of Architecture and Urban Design and as a consultant and activist, he encour-aged fellow workers, students and fellow human beings in general to take notice of the landscapes of cities, rural areas and wilderness to understand […]

R44: three years, and no sign yet of rapprochement or a conversation

7 June 2018

Opposition to provincial road engineers’ plans for the R44 between Somerset West and Stellenbosch increases. At the same time, there is no indication that engineers will adapt their key assumptions and approach. The latest development is that a consortium of businesses, organisations and individuals appealed against the provincial authorities’ latest approval of a further step […]

Road plan of ’57: Become Modern; demolish Dorp Street

7 June 2018

Each of the first three items in this newsletter resonates with an episode from Stellenbosch’s history that Fabio Todeschini would have recalled drily. As a prospective student in architecture and town planning in the 1950s, Fabio Todeschini had a glimpse of provincial road engineers’ plans for Dorp Street. He could then also follow the reaction […]

Urban design caused the Hurricane Harvey disaster

31 May 2018

Extreme weather is not the reason behind disasters such as the catastrophic flooding following Hurricane Harvey that hit Houston in August 2017. The blame should rather go to poor urban planning. This is the opinion of disaster expert Ilan Kelman on Dezeen. According to Kelman, Hurricane Harvey was a major storm with extensive rainfall. It was […]

Women in Architecture award winners announced

31 May 2018

Two South American architects were awarded Architect of the Year Award and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture in this year’s Women in Architecture Awards. The Capetonian Ilze Wolff of Wolff Architects was also on the shortlist for the Moira Gemmill Prize. The awards are made by The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal. […]

When History’s Losers Write the Story

31 May 2018

South Africa is not the only country where monuments commemorating the past have led to public debates on the interpretation of history and the act of remembering. In an article in the New York Times, journalist Sabrina Tavernise tells of a visit to a Russian summer camp in 2015. Apart from outdoor activities, the kids […]

Proof that traditional Urbanism can support high density

31 May 2018

The French town of Saint-Malo is for many a typical European town rich with history and charm, with cobblestone streets, a fortress and medieval layout. During its tourist season the town’s average density is more than double that of cities like Tokyo and Vancouver, reports ArchDaily. However, Saint-Malo, on the coast of France’s northwest, was […]

Pritzker Prize-Winner Balkrishna Doshi a first for India

31 May 2018

The Pritzker Prize for 2018 was, for the first time, awarded to an Indian architect, Balkrishna Doshi.   According to the jury, Doshi has “an understanding and appreciation of the deep traditions of India’s architecture”. ArchDaily also reported the jury lauded the way in which Doshi “united prefabrication and local craft and developed a vocabulary […]

Who is Balkrishna (B.V.) Doshi? Things to Know About the 2018 Pritzker Laureate

31 May 2018

ArchDaily created a list of interesting facts on Doshi:   * Doshi’s office, Vastu Shilpa, created a list of “must-see” architecture sites in the city of Ahmedabad so that visitors to the office can see the city and understand the context in which Doshi creates his buildings. * From 1951 to 1955, B.V. Doshi worked directly […]

Sinkhuis House / Slee & Co Architects

11 January 2018

‘n Plaasdorpshuis – Our brief was simple – create a home where you are constantly aware of the beautiful mountains surrounding us, the reason we gave up city life.   Click here to read the full article.  

Pedestrians vote with their feet

27 October 2017

  People voted with their feet when the Municipality made a portion of Andringa Street more accessible to pedestrians during Transport Week. Pedestrian traffic was consistently good and, especially in the late afternoon and early evening, developed into an informal street festival. An interesting experiment by the municipality, therefore. Andringa Street between Church Street and […]

The Vlakte

27 October 2017

Wolfred Damen and other ex-residents of Die Vlakte will share their recollections at a public tour of Die Vlakte on Saturday 18 November 2017 from 10:00 to 13:00. The tour is hosted by the Stellenbosch University Gallery. In April 2017, the previous tour, coincided with the launch of Pumflet Gaiety. The success of the tour […]

The revival of Meulplein

27 September 2017

The presence of Nieuwe Molen, the third wheat mill built in Stellenbosch, is being re-established at Meulplein near the Braak, thanks to a project undertaken by the Stellenbosch Arts Association and the municipality. Strijdom van der Merwe handled the design. Because the mill cannot be placed in its historically correct position (the site has been […]

Bicycle stands take a stand as innovative sculpture in Stellenbosch

27 September 2017

Bicycle stands as outdoor sculpture is the theme of Stand, the latest exhibition of the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust.  Works by Strijdom van der Merwe, Gerhard van Eck, Guy du Toit, Marne Viljoen and Jacques Buys is already on display.  More artists will be installing bicycle stands in the coming weeks.  Amongst them: Pieter Mathews […]

Could Cape Town’s traffic plans also be of use in Stellenbosch?

27 September 2017

  The City of Cape Town’s latest Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) has recently been approved by the council and the plan is to involve minibus taxis in a prominent manner. The taxis will not only form part of the fleet of vehicles by which commuters will be able to travel between home and work […]

Jan Gehl’s five guidelines for liveable cities

27 September 2017

Jan Gehl, doyen of city designers, has five rules for designing good, large cities.  See and read more.  

Planning by cities for the new revolution in cars

27 September 2017

The French capital believes it has a head start over more modern cities with private vehicles becoming fewer. A city like Paris, which was founded before the arrival of cars, was never developed with cars in mind. It will therefore be easier for such a city to adapt to the new era in which the […]

Cape Town’s new art museum

26 September 2017

The architect of Cape Town’s new Zeitz MOOCA art museum tells how his fear that people would not come to the museum had guided the design. Also read the Visio report:      

Walker-friendly Neighbourhoods

26 September 2017

Jeff Speck, who writes about pedestrians in cities, believes that an outing on foot should be useful, safe, comfortable and interesting. An article in the Guardian, also tells of initiatives and projects undertaken in different world cities – from New York to Gangzhou – to bring back pedestrians and cyclists and reduce the impact of […]