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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.

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Cape Town Adopts Re-Blocking Strategy for Informal Settlements

00:00 - 22 May, 2014
Cape Town Adopts Re-Blocking Strategy for Informal Settlements, In Kuku Town, dwellings were rearranged to face a communal courtyard - where people can gather for activities and keep an eye on their neighbors and shared facitilies.. Image Courtesy of Future Cape Town
In Kuku Town, dwellings were rearranged to face a communal courtyard - where people can gather for activities and keep an eye on their neighbors and shared facitilies.. Image Courtesy of Future Cape Town

The city of Cape Town has adopted a new strategy for improving informal settlements - re-blocking, "the reconfiguration and repositioning of shacks in very dense informal settlements in accordance to a community-drafted spatial framework." Re-blocking serves to create communal spaces, make neighborhoods safer, and improve dwelling structures - among many other things. To see how it has been implemented and where, head to Future Cape Town and continue reading here.

Heatherwick to Transform Cape Town's Grain Silo into Contemporary Art Museum

00:00 - 15 March, 2014
Heatherwick to Transform Cape Town's Grain Silo into Contemporary Art Museum, Interior. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio
Interior. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

Imagine forty-two, 33 meter high concrete tubes each with a diameter of 5.5 meters, with no open space to experience the volume from within. The brief from the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) for London-based Heatherwick Studio was to "reimagine the Grain Silo Complex at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront with an architectural intervention inspired by its own historic character," calling for a "solution unique for Africa" in order to create "the highest possible quality of exhibition space for the work displayed inside." Heatherwick's response will be the creation of a "a new kind of museum in an African context."

The International School of Hout Bay / Luis Mira Architects + StudioMAS + Sergio Aguilar

07:00 - 22 February, 2014
The International School of Hout Bay / Luis Mira Architects + StudioMAS + Sergio Aguilar, © Wieland Gleich
© Wieland Gleich

© Wieland Gleich © Wieland Gleich © Wieland Gleich © Wieland Gleich + 42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Sean Mahoney (StudioMas), Michael Lumby (StudioMas), Charlton Botha (StudioMas), Sergio Aguilar (Plus Arquitectura), Katie Irvine and Luis Mira
  • Principal Agent

    Luis Mira Architects
  • Area

    1610.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

PLAYscapes Competition Results Announced

01:00 - 13 October, 2013
PLAYscapes Competition Results Announced, © Winning Student Team, Lusiada University of Lisbon
© Winning Student Team, Lusiada University of Lisbon

"People tend to forget that play is serious." - David Hockney

PLAYscapes, an international design competition launched earlier this year asking people to "submit a plan or proposal to turn a neglected forgotten part of your city into a playscape," has announced their winning entries. Set up by Building Trust International, the competition called for "professional and student architects and designers from cities around the world to propose ideas which encouraged public interaction and turned redundant city spaces into fun creative places."

Find out more about the winning professional entry from the City of Cape Town, entitled Cape Town Gardens Skatepark, along with the winning student entry from the Lusiada University of Lisbon, entitled Bring a Pal and Have Fun, after the break...

Melkbos / SAOTA - Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

01:00 - 23 August, 2013
Melkbos / SAOTA - Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA

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Kloof 151 / SAOTA

01:00 - 23 July, 2013
Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Category

  • Project Team

    Philip Olmesdahl, Stefan Antoni & Johann van der Vyver
  • Interior Design

    Mark Rielly & Ashleigh Gilmour
  • Project Year

    2010

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De Wet 34 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

01:00 - 6 May, 2013
De Wet 34 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

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Head Road 1815 / SAOTA

01:00 - 15 March, 2013
Head Road 1815 / SAOTA, Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA

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St Leon 10 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

00:00 - 13 February, 2013
St Leon 10 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA

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Clifton View 7 / Antoni Associates

00:00 - 1 February, 2013
Clifton View 7 / Antoni Associates, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Category

  • Interior Architecture

    Mark Rielly
  • Interior Decor

    Adam Court
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

POD / Greg Wright Architects

00:00 - 19 January, 2013
© Kate Del Fante Scott
© Kate Del Fante Scott

© Kate Del Fante Scott © Kate Del Fante Scott © Kate Del Fante Scott © Kate Del Fante Scott + 31

Head Road 1816 / SAOTA

00:00 - 15 November, 2012
Head Road 1816 / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch + 27

Glen 2961 / SAOTA

01:00 - 23 October, 2012
Glen 2961 / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Philip Olmesdahl, Stefan Antoni, Kate Del Fante
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Pearl Valley 334 / SAOTA

01:00 - 17 October, 2012
Pearl Valley 334 / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Category

  • Interior Architecture

    Mark Rielly, Jon Case
  • Interior Decor

    Mark Rielly, Ashleigh Gilmour, Sarika Jacobs
  • Main Furniture Supplier

    OKHA Interiors
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Montrose

01:00 - 22 August, 2012
Montrose, © Wieland Gleich
© Wieland Gleich

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Architecture ZA 2012 Biennial Festival: Re-scripting Architecture

13:00 - 7 August, 2012
Courtesy of AZA 2012
Courtesy of AZA 2012

The AZA 2012 Biennial Festival in Cape Town, South Africa will feature six international architects to join South African architects in a conversation about architectural practice and its role in the context of the city. The participating speakers include David Adjaye, founder of Adjaye Associates, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajima of Atelier Bow-Wow, Tatiana Bilbao, Teddy Cruz of Estudio Teddy Cruz, Rahul Mehrotra, founder of RMA Architects and Kibwe Tavares co-founder of Factory Fifteen, in addition to others. This is the second Architecture ZA event, a premier urban culture festival that brings together cutting-edge thinkers and multi-disciplinary practitioners from around the world. It will be held on September 13-16, 2012 and will include various events, talks, film screenings, conferences and tours.

Read on for more about the speakers invited to AZA 2012.