This is the city that oil built: Learning from Dubai

21st January 2013 / 0 comments

Aerial shot of Dubai Marina courtesy of Stanford University An excerpt from a series of reports about Middle Eastern urbanism written during travel to Jordan and Israel and published at FutureCapeTown.com. Read the full article here.  In Learning from Las Vegas, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown set out to visit a mirage city in the…

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Artscape and the Future

27th November 2012 / 0 comments

An excerpt from an article I wrote with Robert Bowen (@ArchiRube) for FutureCapeTown.com. Read the full post here.  The question of what a performing arts complex can mean to its city is one of the most satisfying in urbanism, because, unlike for a central rail terminus or a regional hospital, there are many, many working…

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Case Study: Guy Briggs and the Olympic Park Strategy

25th October 2012 / 0 comments

Some experts of my review of Guy Briggs’s London 2012 work at FutureCapeTown.com. Read the full article. Guy Briggs recently shared a first-hand account of his journey inside the decade-plus planning behemoth that delivered the London Olympic Park in the Lower Lea Valley. His presentation made the simplest kind of sense because it spoke about neighbourhoods, not…

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The Western Cape Economy and You

15th October 2012 / 0 comments

A repost of my review at FutureCapeTown.com. Read the full article. Living in Cape Town has given most of us a fair idea of the provincial economy’s strengths. We know that Robben Island ferries, the cable car, the beaches and the Waterfront must, taken together, mean that tourism comprises a very substantial part of the province’s Gross…

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Day Three of Architecture ZA 2012: Part 2

16th September 2012 / 0 comments

A repost of my review at FutureCapeTown.com. Read the full article. “Day Two was fact-intensive, but culminated in a truly memorable engagement with a new voice in Architecture for the Global South, Rahul Mehrotra. With large grounds of work covered today, many students and practitioners alike will undoubtedly be left with much to ponder as…

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Day Two of Architecture ZA 2012

16th September 2012 / 0 comments

An excerpt from my writing at FutureCapeTown.com. Read the full article. “Day Two was fact-intensive, but culminated in a truly memorable engagement with a new voice in Architecture for the Global South, Rahul Mehrotra. With large grounds of work covered today, many students and practitioners alike will undoubtedly be left with much to ponder as…

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Jo Noero’s Common Ground / Different Worlds at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennial

13th September 2012 / 0 comments

A repost of my review at FutureCapeTown.com. Read the full article. “Jo Noero’s revalorisation of simple, painstaking work – the artisanship in Art – resonates powerfully with the Keiskamma Guernica, itself a muscular comparison between Spain of the 1930s and contemporary South Africa. Both made a considerable impression at the Venice Biennale this year, as part of…

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