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CIfA 2019 Award for Architecture: Blockhouse – Mark Thomas Architects

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This steeply sloped site overlooks the Atlantic Ocean with views flanked by the mountain to the north and east. Here nature, coupled with a set-back requirement, transforms an existing house into a flexible home for living that can operate as one or four dwellings. The sloping site is respected and is experienced as one moves […]

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CIfA 2019 Award For Architecture: Mouton Citrus Packing Facility – Kube Architecture

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The architecture of factories is often overpowered by technical and functional demands leaving little room for architectural inventiveness. In the case of the Mouton Citrus Packaging facility, the operational conveying machine determines the spaces around which an enclosure had to be designed. Here the organizing of spaces is imagined as a series of operational layers. […]

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CIfA 2019 Award for Architecture: !Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre – KLG Architects

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The !Khwa Ttu San Heritage Museum is one building within a collection of buildings on a hill looking towards the west coastline. In a somewhat ironic play on time, this newest building within this complex, in both its purpose and design, speaks to a time long before the conception of the older “Cape Dutch” buildings. […]

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CIfA 2019 Award for Architecture: 68 Jonkershoek – Gallagher Lourens Architects

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The house is organised as two primary wings accommodating private and public functions respectively. These are positioned perpendicular to each other with the north-south facing public wing dividing the site into two gardens and the east-west facing private wing positioned to the back of the site. The northern garden is split by a garage and […]

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CIfA 2019 Award for Architecture: Hillside Clinic – Gabriel Fagan Architects

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The Hillside Clinic is gentle and generous. The modest Victorian profile metal roofs with deep overhangs ‘fit in’ to the Beaufort West neighbourhood. The off-centre ridge lines, different slopes and ventilation chimneys make it the landmark it should be. It is generous in its section, which holds the patients on comfy sun-warmed seats in winter. […]

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CIfA 2019 Award for Architecture: Arklow Villa III – Douglas & Company Architects

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This small residential alteration transforms an insular single -storey Victorian-style rowhouse into a new delight. The heritage street frontage of the original house and street is maintained with the traditional veranda and roof profile that matches the existing except for two new small dormers in the street facing roof. A new bedroom floor is added […]

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CIfA 2019 Award for Architecture: Grain Silo – Heatherwick Studio, VDMMA, RBA, JPA

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Once the tallest buildings in Africa, the grain silos of the waterfront are today carved away to accommodate contemporary African art. This carving away of the almost 100-year-old concrete silos makes an interesting commentary to the debate around African space and how this can be imagined within the very Eurocentric Waterfront-built fabric. Central to the […]

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CIfA 2019 Award for Architecture: TWK Villiersdorp Resource Centre – CCNI Architects

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This is an extraordinary project as it is not only its physical architectural manifestation, but also the process which it had to engage with to provide a solution in this harsh rural context of poverty and instability that contributes to the important discourse relating to socially relevant architecture. The urban conceptual diagram explains the urban […]

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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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