Architecture

WATCH: Urbanisation and the evolution of cities across 10,000 years.

About 10,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers, aided by rudimentary agriculture, moved to semi-permanent villages and never looked back. With further developments came food surpluses, leading to commerce, specialisation and, many years later with the Industrial Revolution, the modern city. Vance Kite plots our urban past and how we can expect future cities to adapt to our growing populations.

Wescape: Privatising the profits and socializing the risk?

The City of Cape Town recently approved an application to move the approved urban edge to accommodate a 200,000-home residential and commercial development called “Wescape”. The application, and the City’s approval, has generated enormous debate and numerous parties have opposed the proposal on various planning and economic-related grounds.

Design alone, cannot save the city

Design cannot save the city. The words of Edgar Pieterse on Day 1 of the Designing Democracy Seminar. Pieterse was joined by Sithole Mbanga, CEO of the SA Cities Network, who spoke on the policy space surrounding the transformation of South African cities and Aditya Kumar, Regional Technical Coordinator of Slum Dwellers International (SDI) who presented on community involvement in the rollout of services.

Architecture, power and the secrets of the city: A Future Cape Town Walking Tour

[ September 15, 2013; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] Join Future Cape Town’s Brett Petzer as we travel through time, and take a walking tour of the most beautiful buildings in the city,with a narrative based on phases of Cape Town’s planning history. The tour aims to ‘unflatten’ the Cape Town we see by looking at the history of power that made the collection of historic buildings that enrich this Station and Parliament precincts today, and the spaces in between.

Architecture Open Studio 2013

[ August 27, 2013; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. August 29, 2013; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] The Architecture Open Studio invites people into architect’s offices to show them how architects work and the interesting environments in which design takes place – an opportunity to view building projects, models, presentations and design work, and interact with practicing architects.