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Tree House / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design

02:00 - 20 June, 2017
Tree House / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch +33

Clifton House / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design

02:00 - 18 June, 2017
Clifton House  / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch +36

OVD525 / Three14Architects

02:00 - 5 February, 2017
OVD525 / Three14Architects, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Project Team

    Kim Benatar, Sian Fisher, Miles Appelgryn, Daniel Moreau
  • Area

    650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

How to Change Cities With Culture: 10 Tips Using UNESCO

08:00 - 23 January, 2017
How to Change Cities With Culture: 10 Tips Using UNESCO, "The Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Photo: ru.wikipedia.org". Image Courtesy of Strelka Magazine
"The Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Photo: ru.wikipedia.org". Image Courtesy of Strelka Magazine

This article, written by Svetlana Kondratyeva and translated by Olga Baltsatu for Strelka Magazine, examines the most interesting cases of the role of culture in sustainable urban development based on the UNESCO report.

UNESCO published the Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development in the fall of 2016. Two UN events stimulated its creation: a document entitled Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which emphasizes seventeen global goals for future international collaboration, was signed in September of 2015 at the Summit in New York. Habitat III, the conference held once in twenty years and dedicated to housing and sustainable urban development, took place in Ecuador in October of 2016. The question of culture’s role in urban development, and what problems it can solve, was raised at both events. To answer it, UNESCO summarized global experience and included successful cases of landscaping, cultural politics, events, and initiatives from different corners of the world in the report.

Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine / MLB Architects

05:00 - 5 January, 2017
Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine / MLB Architects, © Wieland Gleich
© Wieland Gleich

© Wieland Gleich              © Wieland Gleich              © Wieland Gleich              © Wieland Gleich              +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Architects in Charge

    Erik Janse van Rensburg, Peter Kraus, Xico Meirelles
  • Area

    10000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Urban Man Cave / Inhouse Brand Architects

03:00 - 25 October, 2016
Urban Man Cave / Inhouse Brand Architects, © Riaan West
© Riaan West

© Riaan West © Riaan West © Riaan West © Riaan West +21

The World's Most Creative Neighborhoods: Metropolis Names Mumbai, Lagos and Lisbon Among Top Ten

09:31 - 2 October, 2016
The World's Most Creative Neighborhoods: Metropolis Names Mumbai, Lagos and Lisbon Among Top Ten, Avenidas Novas in Lisbon. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lisboa_Avenida_Novas.jpg'>Wikimedia user Cruks</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
Avenidas Novas in Lisbon. Image © Wikimedia user Cruks licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

From Yaba in Lagos to the suburb of Bandra in Mumbai, Metropolis Magazine provides a scenic tour around the world’s “most creative” neighborhoods. Spread across ten rapidly growing cities like Cape Town and Turin, the article provides a comprehensive glimpse into these lesser discussed hubs of creativity.

The Midden Garden Pavilion / Metropolis Design

05:00 - 19 September, 2016
The Midden Garden Pavilion  / Metropolis Design, © Wieland Gleich
© Wieland Gleich

© Wieland Gleich © Wieland Gleich © Wieland Gleich © Wieland Gleich +27

House in Constantia Valley / Metropolis Design

02:00 - 12 September, 2016
House in Constantia Valley / Metropolis Design, © Wieland Gleich - ARCHIGRAPHY
© Wieland Gleich - ARCHIGRAPHY

© Wieland Gleich - ARCHIGRAPHY © Wieland Gleich - ARCHIGRAPHY © Wieland Gleich - ARCHIGRAPHY © Wieland Gleich - ARCHIGRAPHY +24

Rooiels Beach House / Elphick Proome Architects

02:00 - 15 August, 2016
Rooiels Beach House / Elphick Proome Architects , © Dennis Guichard
© Dennis Guichard

© Dennis Guichard © Dennis Guichard © Dennis Guichard © Dennis Guichard +37

French School Cape Town / Kritzinger Architects

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

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

  • 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

OVD 919 / SAOTA

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

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

  • 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

7 Architects Designing a Diverse Future in Africa

10:30 - 26 February, 2015

As the legacy of the Cold War fades and Western preeminence gradually becomes a thing of the past, population booms in Asia followed by the growth of a vast non-western middle class have seriously challenged the Western perception of the world. The East has become the focal point of the world’s development.

If East Asia is the present focal point of this development, the future indisputably lies in Africa. Long featuring in the Western consciousness only as a land of unending suffering, it is now a place of rapidly falling poverty, increasing investment, and young populations. It seems only fair that Africa’s rich cultures and growing population (predicted to reach 1.4 billion by 2025) finally take the stage, but it’s crucially important that Africa’s future development is done right. Subject to colonialism for centuries, development in the past was characterized by systems that were designed for the benefit of the colonists. Even recently, resource and energy heavy concrete buildings, clothes donations that damage native textile industries, and reforestation programs that plant water hungry and overly flammable trees have all been seen, leaving NGOs open to accusations of well-meaning ignorance.

Fortunately, a growth in native practices and a more sensible, sensitive approach from foreign organizations has led to the rise of architectural groups creating buildings which learn from and improve Africa. Combining local solutions with the most appropriate Western ideas, for the first time these new developments break down the perception of monolithic Africa and have begun engaging with individual cultures; using elements of non-local architecture when they improve a development rather than creating a pastiche of an imagined pan-African culture. The visions these groups articulate are by no means the same - sustainable rural development, high end luxury residences and dignified civic constructions all feature - but they have in common their argument for a bright future across Africa. We’ve collected seven pioneers of Africa’s architectural awakening - read on after the break for the full article and infographic.

Pretoria's Freedom Park, designed by MMA Design Studio with GAPP Architects and MRA Architects. Image Courtesy of MMA Design Studio, GAPP Architects and MRA Architects The Makoko Floating School in Lagos, Nigeria. Image © NLÉ Architects Butaro Hospital in Rwanda. Image © Iwan Baan Red Pepper House in Lamu, Kenya. Image © Alberto Heras +29

Clifton 2A / SAOTA

01:00 - 5 February, 2015
Clifton 2A / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Design Team

    Philip Olmesdahl, Tamaryn Fourie, Thaabe Ramabina
  • Interior Design

    Janine Lazard Interiors
  • Area

    1120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

FIRTH 114802 / Three14 Architects

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
FIRTH 114802 / Three14 Architects, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Design Team

    Kim Benatar, Sian Fisher, Miles Appelgryn
  • Contractor

    Base Projects
  • Area

    340.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Kirstenbosch Centenary tree canopy walkway / Mark Thomas Architects

01:00 - 28 July, 2014
Kirstenbosch Centenary tree canopy walkway / Mark Thomas Architects, © Adam Harrower
© Adam Harrower

© Adam Harrower © Adam Harrower © Adam Harrower © Adam Harrower +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Architect in Charge

    Mark Thomas, Christopher Bisset
  • Photographs

Students and Community Members Come Together to Construct Theater in Cape Town Township

00:00 - 28 June, 2014
Students and Community Members Come Together to Construct Theater in Cape Town Township, Courtesy of Future Cape Town
Courtesy of Future Cape Town

The Guga S’Thebe Arts and Cultural Centre in Langa, Cape Town's oldest township, is expanding to include a theatre exclusively for children and adolescents. The main component of the theatre, set for completion this fall, will be a large, multi-functional space for hosting performances. The project, a collaborative effort between future users and international architecture students, is aimed at stimulating sustainable development while widening the possibilities for the target demographic. To check out more project images, continue after the break.   

In Images: South Africa's Stunning Treetop Walkway

00:00 - 28 June, 2014
In Images: South Africa's Stunning Treetop Walkway , © Adam Harrower
© Adam Harrower

The much anticipated Treetop Walkway through the Arboretum in Cape Town's Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is now open to the public. Located 11 metres above the ground, the galvanised steel and timber structure offers breathtaking views from the treetops. The project, a collaboration between Mark Thomas Architects and Henry Fagan & Partners consulting engineers, has been nicknamed Boomslang - a large, highly venomous African tree snake - due to its elevated, twisting form. Check out the stunning photographs by Adam Harrower, a horticulturist at the garden, after the break. 

© Adam Harrower © Adam Harrower © Adam Harrower © Adam Harrower +10