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Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index 2022

15 August 2022

If you had to choose an international city to move to, which would you choose? The latest global liveability Index is ‘back to normal’ after the impact Covid-19 had on the 2020 and 2021 index. Vienna is back in first place. This is the position it had in 2018 and 2019 and after the city dropped to 12th place in 2021.

First African architect receives Architecture’s highest honour

15 August 2022

Burkinabè architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has won this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize, becoming the first African architect to win the prize. This award is considered architecture’s most significant lifetime achievement award. Kéré is a hero in Gando, the village in Burkino Faso where he was born.  The villagers enjoy the climate-friendly school buildings and libraries […]

Ukraine’s cultural heritage

15 August 2022

The brutal invasion of Ukraine is sending shudders around the world. Unfortunately, Ukraine’s cultural heritage has also been damaged and destroyed by Russian forces. This includes museums, archives, brick Byzantine churches, cathedrals, monasteries, futuristic Soviet-era bus stops, several Art Nouveau buildings, theatres, and monuments. Twenty-five paintings of beloved folk artist Maria Prymachenko were destroyed after […]

Sleepwalking towards climate change or walking towards a green society

15 August 2022

United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) regularly releases reports on the extent of climate change. The latest report, from March 2022, on Mitigation of Climate Change contains dismal news and simple steps to counteract the rise of greenhouse levels. Compared to all human history, greenhouse gas levels were at their highest between 2010 […]

The end of an era for a Stellenbosch single-lane bridge

3 August 2022

Built in 1691, Steenenbrug, alias Plankenbrug, alias the Adam Tas Bridge at Bosman’s Crossing, was the first access to Stellenbosch across the Kromme River, now known as Plankenbrug river. Earlier this year, an intergenerational group gathered on the banks of the river to say farewell to this remarkable but humble single-lane bridge. Johannie Serdyn, a […]

Transformed car garage reactivates space

13 December 2021

Nomos redesigned an existing car repair shop to become an affordable house.

15 Minute City model gains ground

13 December 2021

The 15 Minute City model is the third project to ever win the Obel Award, which is an international prize presented to architectural projects that contribute to society. The model was developed by Professor Carlos Moreno and his team.

Poetic design in Beirut

13 December 2021

Bicycle garage is design project of the year

13 December 2021

Titanium white does not have a Western origin

5 November 2021

Boosting interactive public space and micro-economy in urban areas

5 November 2021

An unusual relationship with microbic organisms

4 November 2021

Trends in Urbanism

4 November 2021

As an architect, Michael Eliason advocates for dense, green, bike-friendly, family-friendly cities with ample social housing and open space. He sees five influential trends in liveable and innovative cities. 1. Brownfields to eco districts European cities have been doing brownfield redevelopment — a strategy of urban recompaction instead of sprawl — for decades. The Dutch […]

Liverpool loses its status as world heritage site and Venice nearly too

3 November 2021

Covid-19 influences on 2021 Liveability ratings

3 November 2021

South African Architectural firm wins international Docomono award

3 November 2021

Mayat Hart Architects and Heritage Consultants from Johannesburg recently won in the category Educating Practices at the international 16th Docomono Rehabilitation Award (DRAW21). This category refers to pioneering studies and low budget interventions that have contributed to raising awareness of the need to preserve modernist architecture in challenging locations and conditions. Mayat Hart restored Aiton […]

MoHoA wants to increase Africa’s representation on UNESCO World Heritage List

26 October 2021

Africa as Lab of the Future

26 October 2021

In Africa one can also experiment with curricula and organizational structures more so than what is possible in Europe. She also emphasizes the importance to embrace diversity and at the same time to acknowledge individual skills and habits. However, she points out that people do not know how to do this and that “civicness” should be taught.

Q and A with Katherine Robinson, Stellenbosch Municipality’s new Senior Heritage Planner

1 June 2021

Stellenbosch Municipality recently appointed Katherine Robinson as Senior Heritage Planner. She joined the Department of Planning and Economic Development in February 2021.  Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation asked Katherine a few questions about her interest in heritage and her new position. Q: You have worked for several years with heritage related issues. Why Heritage? Was it a […]

New chair for Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation

30 May 2021

Lauren Buchanan, newly elected chair of the Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation, sees the Foundation become more widely and pro-actively involved in the broader community of Stellenbosch. Lauren has been on the Foundation’s executive committee for the past three years and is also involved with projects for the national Heritage Association of South Africa. She has just […]