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Our March 2019 Newsletter

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Dear Members, We extend a hearty welcome to our new  President, Henk Lourens, Vice Presidents, Carin Smuts and Nicola Irving and new Management committee members as well as the members of our various sub-committees, they are looking forward to a busy and eventful 2019.           WUPPERTHAL  ASSISTANCE January saw the Institute […]

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Ensuring quality public space is accessible

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As we begin another year in South Africa, still embroiled in tales of corruption and inequality, we as spatial practitioners must inquire carefully into our role in ensuring that good quality public space is accessible to all of us. It is the public realm of the street and the city that is our common ground, […]

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UCT Summer School | A Vision for Future Cape Town | Exhibition & Lectures

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W.H.Y Project

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I would like you as a reader of this blog post to imagine. Imagine a city designed by the most marginalised members of our society. What would this city look like? Imagine how this city could change the way people moved – the transport system. Imagine the impact on accessibility – from education to home […]

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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 Freeway Project : Time for a breath of fresh air

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Foreshore Freeway Project: Time for a breath of fresh air

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Obituary: GAVIN HAMILTON PIKE 05.09.1942 – 03.08.2018

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Obituary: Gavin Hamilton Pike 05.09.1942 – 03.08.2018 It is with sadness that we learned of the passing of our colleague, friend and mentor Gavin Pike. Gavin grew up in East London and matriculated at Selborne College. After graduating from UCT in 1964 he travelled to the far East and worked in Australia for a short […]

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Sonae Arauco & CIfA Architectural Student Design Competition – 2018

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Sonae Arauco (in conjunction with their brand Novolam) and the Cape Institute for Architecture (CIFA a region of SAIA) is pleased to announce an architectural student design competition for a moveable exhibition display system, which will be used by the Institute for its various outreach programmes. The brief: The competition is for the design of […]

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AZA18 News: Vibing at 012central!

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MEMORY AND RESILIENCE • 3 – 5 MAY 2018 ArchitectureZA 2018 (#AZA18), Africa’s premier urban cultural festival focused on architecture, will be held at 012central in the Pretoria inner city from 3-5 May 2018. Presented and hosted by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) and co-hosted by the University of Pretoria (UP) and the […]

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WAN Awards: 2017 Winner – Best Performance Space

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA / KMH ARCHITECTS The Market Theatre founded in Johannesburg in 1976 was constructed out of Johannesburg’s Indian Fruit Market – built in 1913. The Market Theatre’s history is intertwined with the cultural, social and political struggle for freedom in South Africa. KMH Architects’ design recognised the site’s existing building fabric and used […]

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Foreshore Freeway Precinct winning bid defective, will irreversibly affect city

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Foreshore Freeway Precinct winning bid defective, will irreversibly affect city •Cape Times – 9 Mar 2018 •Kevin Gadd – CIfA President •Matthew Gray – UDISA Steering Committee Member •Julian Cooke – Ordinary member of CIfA and an Honorary member of UDISA OBJECTION: The proposal for the Foreshore Freeway Precinct has serious defects, says the writer. THE Cape […]

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SAIA Benchmarking and Fees Survey

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Why should SAIA Practices participate in the benchmarking and fees survey? Click here for further details: https://youtu.be/cTrkR_Bc4sM

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CIfA 2017 Commendation: Century City Square, Century City – Vivid Architects

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Public space has the responsibility to be mutable, with moments for intimacy, spaces for gathering and the ability to be a backdrop for sacred and profane moments. Urban sprawl in its various guises has often led to the erosion of a sense of urban generosity, of spaces for serendipity and joy, as well as contiguous […]

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CIfA 2017 Commendation: OVD 525, Bantry Bay – Three14 Architects

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The calm, well-proportioned street elevation of this house is back-dropped by a pixelated aluminium screen which manages to mediate any potential visual domination by the ubiquitous double garage door. As a public gesture the screen makes a positive contribution to the streetscape, which is enhanced even further by it being backlit in the evenings. The […]

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CIfA 2017 Commendation: House IIIA, Schotchekloof – The Fold Architects

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Situated within the infill areas of Cape Town’s historic Bokaap, House IIIA blends well with the surrounding typography of typical double storey, double windowed homes. This is where the similarity ends, as upon closer inspection House IIIA has been crafted to engage with a more contemporary lifestyle. An artful diagonal recess leads into the main […]

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