The Best of Steel

The Steel Awards, held in September at the Vodadome in Midrand and simultaneously at the Sun Coast Casino in Durban, was hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) with DSE Structural Engineers and Contractors (DSE) the main sponsor.

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Drive by shooting: Observations of a Wild West Town & Billboard Architecture

It is difficult trying to encourage good architecture in a cultural wasteland, but covering up with movie sets is not helping. The Russians may not have the best cuisine in the world but they have great names. Grigori Alexandrovich Potemkin-Tavricheski or for those of us in the know, Григорий Александрович Потёмкин, was a Russian general […]

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Architecture – a Profession Under Attack

Schalk van der Merwe, one of the directors of Prism Architects based in Johannesburg and Polokwane, has his say. Architecture, a registered profession, has successfully allowed external factors to bring the profession under attack – once again! We have allowed space planners, branding agents, project managers and, to a lesser extent, developers to perform part […]

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A Call to Arms

Sarah Calburn of Sarah Calburn Architects has her say. I consider architecture an art, a complex technical and cultural and philosophical spatial language. However, when you look around at how it is making – or un-making – the landscape of our South African cities and suburbs, you can see that it has mostly fallen foul […]

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Symbiosis and Architecture

Pierre Lahaye of MDS Architecture explains his view of symbiosis and architecture. It is fair to say that society’s interests have changed with the passing of time. This phenomenon is especially true of the South African situation with its diverse cultures and turbulent history. Symbiosis is defined as an interaction between two different organisms living […]

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The Cavemen and Architecture

Phil Roös of Roös Klawansky Associates has his say. Looking around at the dwellings built by our complex human beings, I sometimes wonder what happened with our own habitat. For those of you who wonder what I am getting at, perhaps a short reminder of the definition of habitat will help: “Habitat is the natural […]

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In Blog we Trust

Liam Mooney, Cape Town furniture designer one of the founders of the Whatiftheworld / Design Studio, has his say. I’m an avid reader of design blogs. In fact, checking the handful of blogs that I read daily is one of the first things I do when I switch on my computer in the mornings. There […]

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Can design help the economic crisis?

Professor Des Laubscher, CEO of the Greenside Design Center has his say. It is said that a recession is good for design because it stimulates true originality and innovation. How can design be leveraged to help overcome the current economic crisis? I don’t think we realise as designers the power of design thinking and how […]

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Women and architecture

Professor Bert Olivier from the Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Port Elizabeth, has his say. The question of ‘women and architecture’ may be approached from different perspectives. One could, for example, catalogue in an encyclopaedic manner some of the contributions that women have made to the discipline worldwide, or here in South […]

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Tuscan architecture is good

Bill Watts, retired architect and writer has his say. Okay, now that I have your attention, let me explain. The blight on the face of South African architecture in the ‘noughties’ has to be the widespread adoption of Tuscan architecture. It has encroached on the suburbs like the Parktown Prawn in built form, and like […]

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