Architecture

Architecture should be based  on people’s needs

Development initiatives need to consider the contexts, past and present, in which they occur to ensure human-centred solutions

Buildings with humans at their heart

South Africa’s architects may be low-key at Venice but their designs are helping correct social injustices

Slice Of Life: ​The journey to opportunity

"Opposed to this colonial idea of what a city is, townships are actually cities"

The architect as an activist

By recycling items such as wine bottles, practical yet beautiful spaces are created that can change people’s lives.

Opulent beach houses and the art of the leisure colonist

The growing number of extravagant homes built along South Africa's coastlines brings ethics – as well as aesthetics – into question.

The fine art of moulding the essence of cities

Architecture, design, innovation and toilets swirled together in separate international initiatives in Durban and Cape Town.

Brick or stone, Mr Ito?

Sean O' Toole caught up with award-winning Japanese architect Toyo Ito at the world congress of the International Union of Architects in Durban.

Architectural solutions to slums and earthquakes

Presentations on earthquake readiness and slum settlement solutions at a global architecture congress have highlighted contributions to human dignity.

Architecture: A scarce skill monopolised by whites

The alarm has been raised at a congress for architects over stats revealing that only 24% of built environment professionals are black and 9% female.

Design24 competition to rejuvenate Naspers building

Design24 has launched a competition for designers to reimagine the Sanlam Centre in Cape Town, once the tallest building in Africa.

A Tree-canopy walkway with a twist

The ingenious use of architecture and structural design has created a "boomslang" walkway in Cape Town's Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.

Cubist symphony in a citadel of corporatism

From the outside, Standard Bank's new building exemplifies the worst that architecture has to offer, but the inside is another story.

Latest

Tshwane water woes in court again

The municipality has been accused of deliberately derailing the contract to sort out toxic water crisis in Hammanskraal

Life in lockdown: Behind closed doors keeping out the coronavirus

South African students in China are staying behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak

Apartheid criminals still at large

Corporations and banks that aided the apartheid regime have not been brought to book, so they continue to act with impunity

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it