Die Stellenbosch Erfenis Stigting

  • Bevorder toepaslike en volhoubare bewaring en ontwikkeling in en om Stellenbosch.
  • Steun dinamiese ontwikkeling wat tegelyk die unieke kulturele landskap, historiese kontinuiteit en sin van plek versterk.
  • Besef ‘n kulturele landskap en sin van plek is nie staties en verkry betekenis eers deur mense.

The Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation

  • Promotes appropriate and sustainable conservation in and around Stellenbosch.
  • Supports dynamic development that strengthens the unique cultural landscape, historical continuity and sense of place.
  • Realises that a cultural landscape and sense of place is not static and have meaning only through people.

The documents on this website are significant for archaeologists, architects, town planners, engineers, historians and municipal and heritage resource officials as well as students, scholars, property owners, residents and visitors to Stellenbosch.  



Trending Topics in Arts and Culture Sensing Crisis Essay

In this article Janine Loubser and Maaike te Kulve asks ‘How did the influence of networked media on the contestation of heritage develop from specific cases like #RhodesMustFall to current processes of “Woke Iconoclasm” and “Cancel Culture”, and what can be expected next?’

New energy, new approach at Department of Planning

The Department of Planning of Stellenbosch Municipality plays a crucial role in the wellbeing of our town. This Department recently made new appointments. Journalist Elsabe Retief conducted interviews with the key role players and also reflects on the history of this department and explores the opportunities as well as the challenges that the Municipality is facing in 2020 and beyond.  

Imagining a Post-Pandemic Future – what will change and what will stay the same? The long term impacts of Covid 19 on our homes and cities.

Every morning at exactly 10:30 my neighbour waters her terrace garden. At around midday my upstairs neighbour sits outside for lunch. At 15:00 the café down the street can be heard packing up chairs. These insights to other’s daily routines and the sounds of our neighbourhoods have shifted from being part of lock-down induced discoveries to the defining characteristics of most people’s current working environment. In this article, Janine Loubser gives an informed opinion on the impact that Covid-19 already has on how accommodation is designed and cities are planned, as well as the possible long-term effects of Covid-19 on our homes and cities.

Mobility in Stellenbosch

It is Transport Month and for one week, the Municipality has created space for pedestrians and cyclists. In October, during mobility week, the Municipality gave preference  to non-motorised transport in Church and Andringa streets, and restaurants are open onto the street. Read two pieces here, one about plans for mobility and transport in Stellenbosch, the […]

In honour of a remarkable South African architect, Gawie Fagan (15 November 1925 – 13 September 2020)

The art historians, Mary Cook and Hans Fransen write that the three most important and influential architects in the Western Cape during the middle of the previous century were Gawie Fagan, Pius Pahl and Revel Fox. All three did important architectural work in Stellenbosch. Gawie Fagan died recently.

Sir David Adjaye wins prestigious 2021 RIBA Royal Gold Medal

The Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) 2021 gold medal, went to Sir David Adjaye for his significant influence on contemporary architecture.

Carpenters Without Borders

Recently Carpenters Without Borders was in the news when they constructed a three ton oak truss, in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral, by hand. This truss is similar to the one destroyed in the fire last year. By making this oak trust, they demonstrated the expertise and all the labour involved when Notre Dame was constructed.

University celebrates Constitution with new work of art

Stellenbosch University commissioned artist, Strijdom van der Merwe to design an art work to celebrate the Constitution of South Africa. This art work is at the Law Faculty’s main building on campus, the Old Main Building in Ryneveld street.

House Farnsworth

Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House is one of the most studied buildings from the 20th century and is a wonderful example of Van der Rohe’s style and philosophy. This house in Illinois, USA, was recently restored and opened after lockdown with an exhibition on the talented, original owner of the house, Edith Farnsworth, who also commissioned the house.

Another prestige architecture award for South Africa

South Africa was recently in the lime light when architect Jaco Booyens, based in Robertson, together with SAOTA, a leading firm of architects based in Cape Town, received gold for the prestigious 2020 Domus Restoration and Conservation Award, or International Prize For Architectural Restoration, that is hosted by the Italian company Fassa S.r.l. and the University of Ferrara.

Serpentine Pavilion 2020 postponed

South African architects’ design of the Serpentine Pavilion 2020 was postponed until next year. The Serpentine Gallery explained that the Covid-19 crisis has changed the nature of the context in which the Pavilion will be used by the public.

Winners of Post-Pandemic Design competition

The winners of Rethink: 2025, an international design competition that is hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA), were recently announced. According to the RIBA Journal, this competition was “unexpected and unprecedented … launched in the middle of the global coronavirus lockdown”. The objective was for entrants to generate ideas and imagine what everyday life in cities and towns could be like by 2025.