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Future Smart Reads 22 July, 2012




An artists impression of the redeveloped gran silo at the Old Biscuit Mill.

Here’s our selection of interesting articles our team has read on the interwebs this past week:

CAPE TOWN: From last week’s Future Smart Reads, the Helsinki Silo got us excited for what could be for Cape Town’s very own Silos at the Waterfront.. What great news that Cape Town is also redeveloping a silo, although of a different kind. The Old Biscuit Mill grain storage silo in Woodstock, Cape Town will soon be redeveloped into a five-story space for the Cape Town Creative Academy and will also have a new glass panoramic space at the top of the silo. Check out the image above! More here and here.

LONDON: The Olympic Stadium appears to be in the running for a RIBA Stirling Prize Gold, but does it really deserve a spot amongst the six nominees? What do you think?

NEW ORLEANS: We like this house designed by Frank Gehry for the make it right foundation, helping to rebuild the disaster struck areas in America.

CAPE TOWN: Nadine Botha interviewed Richard Perez on Cape Town’s plans with the World Design Capital 2014 title and what this will mean to industrial designers living in Cape Town. They also talk about “hard” problems in the city that will require innovative ideas to solve.

SEATTLE: While rumours surround the possible demolition of our Foreshore Freeways, questions surround the cost of Seattle’s grand plans for their Waterfront.

HELSINKI: While many cities struggle to find use for their Olympic venues, 60 years on, Helsinki has made use of every stadium built since then.

LONDON: While Cape Town debates whether to host an F1 Grand Prix, London’s proposals for an F1 race in the Olympic Park may not get out of the starting gates.

WORLD: John Pilger explores the controversy surrounding the sponsorship of the facade of London’s Olympic Stadium, by Dow Chemical, manufacturer of the poison used against the population of Vietnam in 1970.

CAPE TOWN: In unrelated news, we find it funny that Metrorail replaced the main image on their homepage with the new trains that are only expected in 2015. A strategy to trick commuters and tourists to use the service?