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Opulent beach houses and the art of the leisure colonist
Opulent beach houses and the art of the leisure colonist
You would expect more from a carnivore. The Muizenberg beach cottage where Cecil John Rhodes died in 1902 at the age of 49 is, of all things,...
The fine art of moulding the essence of cities
The fine art of moulding the essence of cities
Earlier this month, shortly after presenting a talk about two architectural projects in Benin and Chad to an audience at the 25th world congress of...
Brick or stone, Mr Ito?
Brick or stone, Mr Ito?
The grid is fundamental in architecture, but, as Japanese architect Toyo Ito reminded audiences at the 25th world congress of the International Union...
Architectural solutions to slums and earthquakes
Architectural solutions to slums and earthquakes
Seismic design is not a major theme in local architectural circles, and for good reason: we don't have many earthquakes. But, in addition to ...
Architecture: A scarce skill monopolised by whites
Architecture: A scarce skill monopolised by whites
The 25th world congress of the International Union of Architects (UIA), a professional body representing 1.3-million architects in 124 countries,...
Design24 competition to rejuvenate Naspers building
Design24 competition to rejuvenate Naspers building
The Sanlam Centre, completed in January 1962, was the tallest commercial building in Africa until it was overtaken by the Carlton Centre in...
A Tree-canopy walkway with a twist
A Tree-canopy walkway with a twist
THING OF BEAUTY KIRSTENBOSCH WALKWAY
Shanty towns: The new urban aesthetic
Shanty towns: The new urban aesthetic
As a title for a book on African cities, Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities (Jacana Media) is at once catchy, apt and subversive,...
Cubist symphony in a citadel of corporatism
Cubist symphony in a citadel of corporatism
It's unnecessarily corporate, monolithic and lacking in personality. Enormous blocks of glass, bordered by faux stone cladding, are all held...
[Video]What does a R2.7-billion office block look like?
[Video]What does a R2.7-billion office block look like?
We went on a walkabout of Standard Bank's new Jo'burg office to answer that question and bumped into featured artist Marco Cianfanelli.
Chipkin makes sense of Jo’burg’s complex Vision
Chipkin makes sense of Jo’burg’s complex Vision
It was in 2001, passing through the then Johannesburg International Airport on my way back from a field trip in Lubumbashi in the Democratic...
Shacks are the new normal
Shacks are the new normal
An architectural exhibition at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg invites viewers to reassess their ideas of what housing means in South Africa’s rapidly expanding cities, to understand the tension between organic growth and state regulation, and to ask how we can work with what...

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