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Tate Modern’s new Switch House

4 August 2016

  The Switch House, Herzog & De Meuron’s new ‘wing’ to the Tate Modern in London, recently opened. The firm was responsible 22 years ago for the conversion of the Bankside Power Station into the Tate Modern, a project receiving about 5 million visitors annually – apparently twice as much as initially expected, according to […]

How a city can attract young and revitalising energy

6 June 2016

During a lecture in his hometown of Pittsburgh, an entrepreneur and innovator shared simple, clever points – points which are also within Stellenbosch’s reach. Paul Graham, a social commentator and computer programmer, recently gave a lecture in Pittsburgh in the USA on how this city, where he grew up, can become another Silicon Valley where […]

Two new books focus on the way urban design dictates our lives

6 June 2016

The urban design that dominated America post the Second World War, introduced loose standing houses and suburbs far from commercial points. Two books look at the decisions made and how it still influences our lives today. We are all well versed with the work of the foremost American architects from the last century. Think of […]

Zaha Hadid died

2 June 2016

The Iranian-born British architect Zaha Hadid recently died at the age of 65. She will be remembered for her designs dominated by challenging curves and confrontational lines. The honour shown to her after her death, is well earned. Zaha Hadid, much talked about architect of the London Aquatic Centre, died on 31 March of a […]

Historical bells in the Western Cape

7 October 2015

Tertius de Wet, Pieta van Deventer (both from the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Stellenbosch University) and Jef Teugels (from the Department of Mathematics, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium) have been doing research for a number of years on the cultural/historical, physical and acoustical aspects of bells in the Western Cape. Although the Western Cape is particularly rich in historical bells, these have not received much attention as a part of the heritage of the province.

Taking Stock: Heritage inventories and heritage decision making

11 September 2015

A Panel discussion on Heritage Inventories.

Gable Detail: The Old Stables, Solms-Delta Estate

25 August 2015

The new restaurant, which was recently added onto the old stables at Solms-Delta Estate, presents an interesting juxtaposition between old and new.

My viewpoint: Winners & Finalists

26 September 2012

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Updated Framework for Sustainable Development in the Cape Winelands. By Dennis Moss

4 September 2012

A Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development