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Slow Architecture: Realising that “we’re part of a much larger, complex system”

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished,” Lao Tzu Humanity’s fascination or desire for “bigger”, “better”, “faster”, “further” and “higher” is perhaps “admirable” but is it sustainable? The fast food craze, as a simple example, created an economic boost but compromised time-honoured traditions and native food flavours. In 1989 Carlo Petrini started the Slow …

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The Role of Modern Architecture in South Africa

The building industry is continuously evolving. Yet, when modernism broke out onto the scene in the 1900s, something changed. The principles of this movement proved to be so functional and beneficial to the environment and the health of humans that in modern building designs, architects cannot help but reflect back. Modern architecture is in a …

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Refocus Feminine Principles in Architecture & Let’s Save the Day!

  In many early civilizations in Africa, Europe and America, women were the home builders. In fact, today the Maasai Huts in Tanzania are still built by the women of this tribe. Due to the Maasai’s nomadic lifestyle their huts are temporary, created using natural elements collected from the surrounding area (including cow dung), and …

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Moral Imagination: Rethinking the Relationship Between Aesthetics & Ethics in Architecture

In a riveting Dezeen article of March 2019 entitled: It’s time for architects to choose ethics over aesthetics, Christine Murray hits the nail on the head. “What is the point of firmness, commodity and delight in the face of crop failure, nothing to drink, or breathe? Forty per cent of insect species are in decline; …

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Africa in Design

Africa in Design

African Architecture: Vernacular vs. Spectacular Africa is the second-largest continent in the world, home to 54 countries, thousands of diverse cultures and languages, and rich in history and influences. It is only natural that all of this inspirational bounty is represented in the continent’s architecture over the ages. Why is African architecture so often overlooked? …

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Freedom in Architecture – An Attainable Utopia

Freedom in Architecture – An Attainable Utopia

In the mid to late 1950s, Yona Friedman, an Hungarian-born French Architect (artist, poet and so much more) made a name for himself when he introduced his Mobile Architecture Manifesto. Essentially, he proposed that humans should not need to conform to architectural constraints, but instead that architecture should be flexible and adaptable to the current …

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15 Minutes with Gillian Holl, founder and principal of Veld Architects in Johannesburg, South Africa

15 Minutes with Gillian Holl, founder and principal of Veld Architects in Johannesburg, South Africa

Veld Architects was recently featured on All of Architecture’s WeVisit Instagram series, and has also been nominated for the International Design Awards 2021 for not one, but two projects. In light of all of this, we thought it fitting to shine a little more light on Veld Architects by focussing on the lady that started …

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South Africa – a Wonderland of Architectural Inspiration and Innovation

South Africa – A Wonderland of Architectural Inspiration and Innovation

When you think of South African architecture, what do you see? Thanks to our multi-cultural history, the image or images that come to mind will differ greatly from one person to the next. In modern society, with its international influences and nuances, this picture will become even more diverse. In my opinion, that which makes …

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