Outreach Foundation / Local Studio

05:00 - 7 November, 2015
© David Southwood
© David Southwood

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10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings"

09:30 - 31 May, 2015
Fiat Tagliero, Asmara. Image © Flickr user David Stanley
Fiat Tagliero, Asmara. Image © Flickr user David Stanley

All good things must come to an end, and Guardian Cities' excellent "History of Cities in 50 Buildings" series is sadly no exception, with only a few more left to be published before they hit 50. The whole series is definitely worth the read, bringing in the best of academic and architectural writing from guest authors and the Guardian's own Cities team, but if you're strapped for time - and if you're an architect, it's fairly likely that's true - we've rounded up 10 highlights from the list to get you started.

Amazonas Theatre, Manaus. Image © Wikimedia user Leaderfo Narkomfin Building, Moscow. Image © Wikimedia user NVO Ponte Tower, Johannesburg. Image © Flickr user fiverlocker Byker Wall Estate, Newcastle. Image © Flickr user George Rex +11

David Adjaye Unveils Major Residential Development Planned for Johannesburg

18:00 - 17 March, 2015
© Adjaye Associates
© Adjaye Associates

Adjaye Associates has announced plans to transform a 17-floor post-modernist structure in Johannesburg’s central business district into a luxury mixed-use building that will be known as the “Hallmark House.” Scheduled for completion mid-2016, the project aims to “combine an African aesthetic with a contemporary vision” and form a new typology for urban living. 

“The transformation of Hallmark House is an opportunity to apply fresh thinking to urban community and to address changing lifestyles with a more fluid approach to the way we inhabit cities,” says David Adjaye.

House Steyn II / Thomas Gouws Architecs + Interiors

01:00 - 21 December, 2014
© Dook Courtesy of VISI magazine
© Dook Courtesy of VISI magazine

© Dook Courtesy of VISI magazine © Dook Courtesy of VISI magazine Courtesy of Thomas Gouws © Dook Courtesy of VISI magazine +11

Interactive Infographic Tracks the Growth of the World's Megacities

00:00 - 11 October, 2014
Tokyo remains the world's largest city, but is beginning to see competition from the world's other megacities. Image © Flickr CC User Les Taylor
Tokyo remains the world's largest city, but is beginning to see competition from the world's other megacities. Image © Flickr CC User Les Taylor

With more than 7 billion people now alive, the greatest population growth over the last century has occurred in urban areas. Now, a new series of interactive maps entitled "The Age of Megacities" and developed by software company ESRI allows us to visualize these dramatic effects and see just how this growth has shaped the geography of 10 of the world’s 28 megacities. Defined as areas with continuous urban development of over 10 million people, the number of megacities in the world is expected to increase, and while Tokyo still tops the list as the world’s largest megacity, other cities throughout Asia are quickly catching up. Find out more after the break.

105 Corlett Drive / Paragon Architects

01:00 - 5 October, 2014
© Andrew Bell
© Andrew Bell

© Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell +14

House Liebmann / Daffonchio and Associates

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates
Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates

Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates +16

Inside Johannesburg's Infamous Ponte City Tower

00:00 - 11 April, 2014

The history of Johannesburg's Ponte City Apartments is a provocative one: built in 1975 and designed by Manfred Hermer as the height of luxurious (white-only) living in South Africa, the continent's tallest residential building soon became a notorious vertical slum, filled with crime and poverty, its signature hollow core re-purposed as a trash dump and a suicide drop.

AISJ Aquatic Center / Flansburgh Architects

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
© Stephen O'Raw
© Stephen O'Raw

© Stephen O'Raw © Stephen O'Raw © Stephen O'Raw © Stephen O'Raw +16

From Grain Silo to Shipping Container Student Housing

17:30 - 17 February, 2014
Courtesy of Citiq Property Developers, via Inhabitat
Courtesy of Citiq Property Developers, via Inhabitat

Inhabitat has just featured an unlikely new student housing project in Johannesburg: Mill Junction, a student complex that consists of two former grain silos topped with shipping containers. According to its developers, Citiq Property Developers, the energy and money-saving project re-directs money towards communal facilities, proving popular with students. As a result, Mill Junction, the second shipping-container housing project built by the Developers, may be the second of many more. More info at Inhabitat.

The Armadillo Crèche / Cornell University Sustainable Design

01:00 - 24 May, 2013
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Courtesy of Cornell University Sustainable Design

Courtesy of Cornell University Sustainable Design Courtesy of Cornell University Sustainable Design Courtesy of Cornell University Sustainable Design Courtesy of Cornell University Sustainable Design +15

A Glimpse of Hope for Johannesburg's Forgotten Ponte Tower

00:00 - 24 March, 2013

The Ponte Tower is a residential high-rise in Johannesburg, South Africa with a unique history and now a promising future. It was designed by architect Manfred Hermer in the 1970's to be one of the most desirable places to live in the city, with an iconic, hollowed out interior, three-story apartments and rooftop jacuzzis. Over time, however, the building fell into disrepair and instead of serving as an icon of extreme wealth and prosperity, it became an icon of poverty and indifference. In still racially-divided South Africa, this was marked by the moving out of whites and the moving in of a primarily black population as property values plummeted. It has been associated with high levels of crime, a lack of sanitariness and even suicides, thanks to the building's hollow core.

Human.Kind Advertising / PPS Architects

01:00 - 5 March, 2013
© Lizl Sheridan
© Lizl Sheridan

© Lizl Sheridan © Lizl Sheridan © Lizl Sheridan © Lizl Sheridan +23

House Mosi / Nico van der Meulen Architects

01:00 - 24 December, 2012

House Ber / Nico van der Meulen Architects

01:00 - 29 November, 2012
© Barend Roberts
© Barend Roberts

© Barend Roberts © Barend Roberts © Victoria Pilcher © Victoria Pilcher +26

115 West Street Building / Paragon Architects

01:00 - 28 November, 2012
© Andrew Bell
© Andrew Bell

© Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell +17

Westcliff Pavilion / GASS

01:00 - 24 October, 2012
© Bernard Viljoen
© Bernard Viljoen

© Bernard Viljoen © Bernard Viljoen © Bernard Viljoen © Bernard Viljoen +15

The Soweto Theatre / Afritects

01:00 - 16 June, 2012
  • Architects

  • Location

    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Project Architects

    Clara Cruz de Almeida and Tatenda Mavunga
  • Project Team

    Sergio Duarte, Tony de Oliveira
  • Company´s Owner

    Laurence Chibwe
  • Client

    Johannesburg Property Company (JPC)
  • Area

    5900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

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