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Beachyhead / SAOTA

02:00 - 25 July, 2016
Beachyhead  / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
  • Architect in Charge

    Phillippe Fouché
  • Design Team

    Stefan Antoni, Greg Truen & Mias Claassens
  • Area

    1176.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Cool Capital: Inside South Africa's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

14:00 - 29 June, 2016
Cool Capital: Inside South Africa's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, © Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia
© Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

In line with creative director  Alejandro Aravena's theme for the 15th La Biennale di Venezia "Reporting from the Front", the 2016 South African pavilion at building D in the Sale d'Armi presents successful physical outcomes and practical solutions to urban challenges, conceived and implemented by citizens for the citizens of the administrative capital city of South Africa under the umbrella organization of "Cool Capital".

Curated by architect Pieter J. Mathews of Mathews & Associates Architects, this year’s South African Pavilion is called “The Capital of Uncurated Design Citizenship”, and showcases a selection of projects from Cool Capital – an urban experiment and labour of love for Mathews and a small team of dedicated architects, artists and designers that began in 2012, coincidentally at the 2012 Biennale Architettura.

© Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia © Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia © Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia © Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia +6

Alterations and Renovations to the Port Elizabeth Opera House / The Matrix... Urban Designers and Architects

02:00 - 18 June, 2016
Alterations and Renovations to the Port Elizabeth Opera House  / The Matrix... Urban Designers and Architects, © Rob Duker
© Rob Duker

© Rob Duker © Rob Duker © Rob Duker © Rob Duker +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Whites Rd, Port Elizabeth, 6001, South Africa
  • Architect in Charge

    The Matrix... Urban Designers and Architects
  • Design Team

    Albrecht Herholdt, Tony Danev, Jaco Potgieter
  • Area

    310.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

NMMU B Ed Foundation Phase Building / The Matrix...cc Urban Designers & Architects

11:00 - 17 June, 2016
NMMU B Ed Foundation Phase Building  / The Matrix...cc Urban Designers & Architects, © Rob Duker
© Rob Duker

© Rob Duker © Rob Duker © Rob Duker © Rob Duker +42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Architect in Charge

    The Matrix...cc Urban Designers & Architects
  • Design Team

    Prof. Albrecht Herholdt, Gianni Geminiani, Neal Fisher
  • Area

    2147.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Anura Vineyards / M&B Architects + Inhouse Brand Architects

13:00 - 8 June, 2016
Anura Vineyards / M&B Architects  + Inhouse Brand Architects, © Riaan West Photography
© Riaan West Photography

© Riaan West Photography © Riaan West Photography © Riaan West Photography © Riaan West Photography +23

Mzamba Bridge / CUAS + buildCollective NPO

22:00 - 14 April, 2016
Mzamba Bridge  / CUAS + buildCollective NPO, © Marlene Wagner
© Marlene Wagner

© Hadrien Clair © Marlene Wagner © Marlene Wagner © Hadrien Clair +27

House Gauché / Earthworld Architects & Interiors

02:00 - 14 April, 2016
House Gauché  / Earthworld Architects & Interiors, Courtesy of Earthworld Architects & Interiors
Courtesy of Earthworld Architects & Interiors

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Pre-Preparatory School in Johannesburg / TC Design Architects

09:00 - 27 February, 2016
Pre-Preparatory School in Johannesburg / TC Design Architects, © Michael Schmucker
© Michael Schmucker
  • Architects

  • Location

    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Project Architectural Team

    Mark Pencharz, Raffaella Lepore Pereira, Rian van Tonder, Shaad Peck, Alet Verster
  • Area

    3000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Michael Schmucker © Michael Schmucker © Michael Schmucker © Michael Schmucker +24

House Mouton / Earthworld Architects

02:00 - 18 February, 2016
House Mouton / Earthworld Architects, © DOOK
© DOOK
  • Architects

  • Location

    Leeufontein, Pretoria, 0122, South Africa
  • Design Team

    Braam de Villiers, Madelaine Haycock, Pieter Beukes, Hendrieka Raubenheimer
  • Area

    705.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© DOOK © DOOK © DOOK © DOOK +33

French School Cape Town / Kritzinger Architects

05:00 - 14 February, 2016
French School Cape Town / Kritzinger Architects, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kings Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Shevel & Simpson Quantity Surveyors
  • Area

    2650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch +22

Workshop: Porto Academy 2016

07:57 - 12 January, 2016
Workshop: Porto Academy 2016

Porto Academy will happen from the 20th to the 27th of July 2016 at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP), one of the most prestigious Faculties in the world which was designed by the Pritzker awarded Álvaro Siza. The summer school includes lectures, workshop studios and bus trips.

Issa Diabaté on His Work Reshaping Urban Africa

14:00 - 22 November, 2015
Issa Diabaté on His Work Reshaping Urban Africa, The Assinie-Mafia Church by Koffi & Diabaté Architectes. Image © François-Xavier Gbré
The Assinie-Mafia Church by Koffi & Diabaté Architectes. Image © François-Xavier Gbré

In a video interview with BBC news, Issa Diabaté of Koffi- Diabaté Architects discusses the need for an improvement in the urban fabric of Africa, and specifically in the city of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire, where he has been working for the past 20 years. “It’s not by building one house after the next that we will have an impact on the city…I feel that the architects of tomorrow, especially in African cities, need to become developers, to actually imprint his or her vision on the city,” he says in the video. “There are no better ways of integrating issues of sustainability or issues of density than by doing it yourself.”

Watch the video after the break. 

Outreach Foundation / Local Studio

05:00 - 7 November, 2015
Outreach Foundation / Local Studio, © David Southwood
© David Southwood

© David Southwood © David Southwood © David Southwood © David Southwood +14

Social Development Project / Indalo + Collectif Saga

02:00 - 26 October, 2015
Social Development Project / Indalo + Collectif Saga, © Joubert Loots
© Joubert Loots
  • Architects

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Partners

    Alliance Française de Port Elizabeth Werk_ Engineers Without Borders Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Design Team

    Kevin Kimwelle, Anastasia Rohaut, Pierre Guérin, Camille Sablé, Sylvain Guitard, Simon Galland, Jason Dinant, Maguelonne Gorioux, Nolwenn Gervais, Pauline Richard, Cécile Jaouen, Eglantine Bulka, Eva Fojtu, Andrès Sanchez, Adèle Bertrand
  • Area

    138.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Joubert Loots © Joubert Loots © Joubert Loots © Joubert Loots +35

Denis Hurley Centre / Ruben Reddy Architects

22:00 - 7 July, 2015
Denis Hurley Centre / Ruben Reddy Architects, © Angela Buckland Photography
© Angela Buckland Photography

© Angela Buckland Photography © Angela Buckland Photography © Angela Buckland Photography © Angela Buckland Photography +23

How the “Moladi” System is Making Affordable Housing More Accessible in South Africa

14:00 - 20 June, 2015
How the “Moladi” System is Making Affordable Housing More Accessible in South Africa, Courtesy of Moladi
Courtesy of Moladi

Design Indaba, in collaboration with the C-City Design Museum in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, has selected Hennie Botes’ “Moladi” for their new exhibit: “Design For A Better World | Innovations For People.” The exhibit aims to raise awareness of the significance of design by selecting projects relevant to current issues worldwide. Based out of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Moladi has provided a solution to the problem of affordable housing since 1986.

Learn more about the construction system and its benefits for affordable housing projects after the break. 

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Open Call: TREEHOUSING Seeks Innovative Wood Housing and Urban Building Solutions

16:00 - 5 June, 2015
Open Call: TREEHOUSING Seeks Innovative Wood Housing and Urban Building Solutions, Courtesy of DBR
Courtesy of DBR

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and DBR | Design Build Research School are now seeking entries for TREEHOUSING, an international wood design competition. Housing for the world’s growing urban population and the threat of deforestation are two of the most significant issues facing humanity today. TREEHOUSING challenges architecture students, professional architects and designers to develop innovative wood housing and urban building solutions through two distinct open competitions: TREEHOUSING DURBAN | Tall Wood Housing and TREEHOUSING GLOBAL | Affordable Wood Housing. Read on to learn more. 

OVD 919 / SAOTA

02:00 - 21 May, 2015
OVD 919 / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Design Team

    Philip Olmesdahl, Tamaryn Fourie & Joe Schützer-Weissmann
  • Interior Decor

    Studio Parkington
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch +19