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Thinking About Cape Town

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In his 2010 book Ill Fares the Land, the late Tony Judt discusses how we know what things cost but we have no idea about what they are worth. Growing privatisation and commodification of our city’s public places is a worrying trend. As architects and spatial practitioners, we must play a pivotal role in ensuring […]

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Foreshore Project debate: The road ahead is not a highway 

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By Henk Lourens, Vice President of CIfA The demise of the City of Cape Town’s Foreshore Freeway Project understandably left a sour taste in the mouths of those who elected to participate in the process. However, it provides an opportunity to reconsider the process followed by the political powers of the City and its administration […]

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Accelerating spatial transformation for equality and accessibility

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By Kevin Gadd, President of the Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) “The urban spatial patterns that we inherited from apartheid, and which persist to this day, contribute to the reproduction of poverty and inequality – and must be fundamentally changed.” – President Cyril Ramaphosa, 22 August 2018 Our global urban population has grown hugely, with close […]

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Architects need to address our transformation challenges

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Article based on a speech presented by Kevin Gadd at the CIFA Stakeholders meeting, 22/2/2017 The Cape Institute for Architecture is the largest regional architecture body in South Africa, with the potential to influence development in the city of Cape Town and the wider region. President of the institute Kevin Gadd calls for architects to […]

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THRICE ETHICAL

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Has a client ever lodged a complaint about you to the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)? If not, this might just be because your client knows even less about the codes of ethics for architects than you do. BY EUGENE BARNARD Your clients might not be as knowledgeable or bold as Prince […]

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