WATCH: Video fly-through of MoDILA. Cape Town’s Guggenheim?

“Whilst architects have retained their traditional strength of cultural and aesthetic formal considerations, they have lost their numeracy and the ability to demonstrate that architectural intention and performance need not be diametrically opposed concerns, and in a nation which is still largely design illiterate, the price that society pays for ill conceived and overly simplified solutions to the built environment has been the production diminished public environments, and increased isolation of the architect from the public imagination as a trustworthy and responsible practitioner and agent for change.”

The design for MoDILA is a bold, provocative iconic building that serves not only as a building to house works of art and design, but to be a place and space that captures the imagination of citizens. It lends itself to being a contributor to various sectors of our society ranging from tourism to the arts. The building will serve as a catalyst to unleashing the socioeconomic potential of its immediate surroundings and contribute to the forming of a clear relationship and understanding between our country and design.

Watch the video fly-through after the break.

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Video: A glimpse into Cape Town 2030. A connected city.

This is the vision for a section of the Cape Town CBD for the year 2030. The idea is the brain child of Mokena Makeka, the Principal and Creative Director of Makeka Design Lab, a proudly South African design practice. Makeka Designs or MDL as it is affectionately known, have been doing ground breaking architectural work for a practice that is only 6 years old.

  • Neighbourhood A: Intense mixed-use, cultural centre, government workers, commercial opportunities
  • Neighbourhood B: Innovative technological research and educational centre Informal markets, research and creative academy. Galleries etc.
  • Neighbourhood C: Government services
  • Neighbourhood D: Health and lifestyle centre. Tennis courts, squash courts, parks, green link, public swimming pool

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