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CoCT LUM and BDM Applications Presentations – 22 May 2019

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After a very engaging and very successful LUM & BDM presentation held at the Slave Church Museum on the 22nd May 2019, the presenters from the City of Cape Town have graciously offered to share their presentations for perusal. For any query or clarity regarding, feel free to send it via email to the relevant […]

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Ignite!

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On 4 April 2019, the first ‘Ignite!’ event was hosted at CIfA. It was held as part of the monthly First Thursdays evening, and we welcomed hundreds of people into CIfA to view an exhibition of excellent work by some of last year’s Masters students from UCT. The programme showcased various exciting initiatives working towards […]

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Our April 2019 Newsletter

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Dear Members, We are well into the second quarter of the year and members of our various committees are being kept extremely busy with the many programmes and initiatives planned for the year, as well as the very important ongoing work the Institute performs on behalf of our membership. Your support is invaluable and we […]

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The swear word that is Heritage

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Remember that there is a National Heritage Resources Act. It is not a Municipal by-law, but a National law…so please don’t get caught on the wrong side of it. The Act deals with how heritage resources are to be managed, from setting up National, Provincial and Municipal heritage authorities through to requirements for approvals of […]

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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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