Colourful Cape Town

WHEN ARCHITECTURE SHOWS ITS COLOURS

 

Bokaap, a vibrant and iconic neighbourhood situated at the foot of Signal Hill has unique and creative, meaningful architecture that brightens up the city with its colour palette. Bokaap area is a firm favourite with tourists and architectural history lovers alike.

Where do all these beautiful bright colours come from and why?

Some people say it all began when the people of Bokaap claimed their homes from the council and expressed their freedom in their own way, and this was through architecture. Some say the use of colour is a celebration of Eid within the Muslim community. It is also known to have been to express the Rainbow Nation.

Between 1790 and 1840 the style of Bokaap emerged. Each house has a similar design, a “stoep”, a Dutch or Victorian Style window and Cape Dutch Style door. These homes are required to maintain their facade for heritage and to continue its history.

The beautiful cobbled roads give you a warm feeling as they guide you around the neighbourhood. On a sunny day in Cape Town, you’re in for a treat! Buildings bursting with colour, heritage and culture, all brought together through architecture.

Cape Town is a gem and forever growing.

Written by Tarryn Hardwicke

Photos by Calvin Drysdale

Sustainability and art-chitecture

…and does it change the nature of architecture?

What is sustainable architecture and what is its purpose? Sustainable architecture aims to reduce the effect of buildings on the environment through moderating the use of materials, energy and overall use of space while also taking the future generation into consideration and creating a greener, more sustainable future for society while still creating a paragon!

Human health and the environment (present and future) drive architects towards sustainable design. Architecture differs now during the 21st century than it did in the past. Technology is advancing at a rapid pace which benefits architects enormously when it comes to sustainability.

The two topics under discussion today are, does building in a sustainable manner affect the true art in architecture? Here we look at wasteful buildings vs sustainable buildings and whether in today’s society, waste can be viewed as distasteful. Secondly, we look at the various ways an architect can go greener.

There are many debates over whether sustainable architecture shows its true colours when it comes down to an artistic perspective. Then again, as the world evolves, so does society, and as we evolve so do our views. Perspectives change the way in which we see and feel about certain things due to certain circumstances, such as pollution etc. Sustainable design, done effectively, has the ability to better the future, therefore this is something truly beautiful.

Sustainable design starts with the conscious decision for change.

Use of recycled materials

Reduce the use of volatile organic compounds – Non-toxic materials

Use local materials/sources

Bear in mind energy use and pollution

Integrate vegetation into structures

Make use of natural sources such as sun, wind and energy

Urban gardens

Building placement – structure it around peoples everyday lives

Waste management on site

Solar panels, wind turbines, solar water heating

Designing buildings that encourage natural light and/or air flow

In conclusion, each day designers are initiating fresh ideas and the future looks promising. The design world has boundless possibilities. This article is merely a conjecture.

Written by Tarryn Hardwicke

What it really means to be an ARCHITECT

A R C H I T E C T

Ambitious

Reliable

Compassionate

Hardworking

Innovative

Talented

Experimental

Clever

Technical

Architects are dreamers. They have wild imaginations and unique minds. What makes a successful architect is one that has drive, passion and isn’t afraid to be different.  It takes a certain type of person to pursue this occupation and heres why:

Ambitious people are the ones that have a better chance of succeeding. Having drive and determination fuels your path to success. To be reliable shows that you respect your clients. Having compassion when conversing with clients is vital as you are turning their dream into a reality. An architect works hard to achieve their goals. Architects are innovative and come up with fresh and new ideas while exerting creativity and uniqueness. An architect has exceptional talent and grows more each and every day. To be experimental is to attempt the unknown and learn from mistakes. Architects are clever and extremely technical.

One needs to have optimism, realism or even better – both. Believe in your ability, attempt the unknown, while being prepared for anything. Turning wild ideas into reality while effectively conquering functionality at the same time is talent. When it comes to design, its either in your blood or it’s not, everybody was born with their purpose. One needs to be flexible and have the ability to juggle multiple projects at a time.

Most importantly, LOVE what you do.

Written by Tarryn Hardwicke

 

 

Brought together through architecture

Architecture speaks a strong language. Each step of the process has meaning and is interpreted differently by each individual, much like poetry. There is certainly more to architecture than just it’s pretty face. It impacts on society, their emotions and experiences. It transforms and fixes and then there’s the environmental side which is a whole ‘nother story but we will get to that later on.

Today we look at how it can divide and how it can bring together. These are two exceptionally powerful actions depending on how they are applied and under what circumstances. Lets go into a little more detail shall we?

The world is always a better place when society gets along and as architects if this can be achieved then, well, why not? The topic up for discussion is perimeter walls, lower boundary walls or no garden walls at all.

It all started in the ancient times when walls were used for different purposes. Many cities surrounded themselves with enormous walls for protection. Walls were also built on the inside of cities dividing spaces that differed socially for example royalty. Lastly walls protected civilizations from wild animals.

If we look at civilization today, many of us are still hiding behind these big walls. Of course there are reasons such as the need for privacy or fear of crime, but it could also be viewed from a completely different perspective. Everything in this world has meaning and is psychologically interpreted by each individual in their own way. For example a wall separates one space from another as we all know but it also creates the feeling of exclusion, it divides society. A wall opposed to a fence has a completely different psychological effect on the mind, for instance one can see through it, giving one a sense of knowing what is on the other side. Walls are also built relating back to ancient times, for the feeling of protection. Notice the word “feeling” used in the previous sentence. This is mentioned because a wall creates a sense of safety but is really just privacy.

BRING TOGETHER…

Reduced boundary walls could create a greater sociability in a community which overall creates a tighter knit in society. Neighbourhoods would be inclined to bond and lookout for one another. Reduced boundaries and less build would do wonders for the environment. This is where nature can be utilized. Why not create your own “perimeter”? From trees or bushes to large rocks one can go wild.

To conclude the topic, it is definitely a wild architectural view but the beauty of this industry is having the ability to explore perpetually.

Written by Tarryn Hardwicke

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