#modila

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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Cape Town’s Guggenheim? | Part 2 | New images of #MoDILA

MoDILA will be the centerpiece of an urban renewal initiative that will locate itself around a design precinct and high impact innovation cluster of technology, innovation art and leadership. Its purpose is to transform the cultural landscape, and act as an education platform of international significance to advance a Pan African project of cultural,entrepreneurial and technological renewal. MoDILA is a trust that offers educational programmes that raise awareness,train and inspire the public; and offers an interactive multimedia platform for design, innovation, and entrepreneurship and art studies.

VISI: Q&A with Mokena Makeka

Visionary Cape Town architect Mokena Makeka launched his dream of establishing a design museum and centre for cultural innovation and leadership at the Audi Centre in Cape Town on Monday evening. He spoke to VISI editor Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly.

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READINGS | Our 10 favourite articles and reports this week | Edition #002

ANDREWBORAINE.COM | THE ABC OF THE EDA | WESTERN CAPE

What will the EDA do?

The EDA will be a partnership-based organisation that will lead, coordinate and drive the regional economic growth, development and inclusion agenda through:

  • Economic and market intelligence and monitoring (evidence-led strategy)
  • Economic vision and strategy (leadership and common agenda)
  • Business attraction, retention and expansion (business and investment climate)
  • Single brand platform (marketing alliance)
  • Organisation of the economic system for optimum delivery

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW | ZAHA HADID | INNOVATORS INTERVIEW

This month’s Innovators interview, produced in partnership with Hunter Douglas, features an edited version of a discussion between Zaha Hadid and Architectural Association School of Architecture director Brett Steele

Architecture is for well-being; it should be enlightening and should make you feel good. I don’t think you are supposed to just go to a place to contemplate the end of the world. - ZAHA HADID

ARCH DAILY | SUPERKILEN | BIG ARCHITECTS | COPENHAGEN

How do you create a solid and open framework that can satisfy the wishes and needs of 57 cultures and thousands of individuals?

The project is not a finalized art piece but an open creation that will receive content and shape throught the diologue with the users. The choice of colours and materials begin as neutral to language and culture but acquire a meaning over time as they are used in the cityspace and populated by the inhabitants.

SUSTAINABLE CITIES COLLECTIVE | TRAFFIC FINES TO FUND BIKING PROGRAMS IN BRAZIL | CURITIBA

Brazil’s newest law will direct 15 percent of revenue from traffic fines towards programs that encourage bicycling. Photo by marcel maia.

After Brazil’s President Rousseff created Way to School, a national program that provides 100,000 donated bikes and helmets to students in public schools, the federal government took another important step to encourage the culture of cycling in the country.

Earlier this month, the  Bicycle Program Brazil (PBB) bill was approved by the Urban Development Commission of the Chamber of Deputies. Under the measure, 15 percent of collected traffic fines will be used to fund bicycle projects in all municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants.

FUTURE CAPE TOWN | CAPE TOWN’S GUGGENHEIM: A FIRST LOOK AT MODILA | MOKENA MAKEKA

Are Capetonians longing for another icon after Cape Town Stadium?

MoDILA will be the centerpiece of an urban renewal initiative that will locate itself around a design precinct and high impact innovation cluster of technology, innovation art and leadership. Its purpose is to transform the cultural landscape, and act as an education platform of international significance to advance a Pan African project of cultural,entrepreneurial and technological renewal.


FUTURE CAPE TOWN | THE FUTURE OF RAIL IN CAPE TOWN? | CITY OF CAPE TOWN

The City of Cape Town will shortly begin working on a comprehensive study of Metrorail to determine the scope and quality of rail services within the metropolitan area. This will be done with a view to ultimately improving the integration of all modes of public transport and in anticipation of the possible devolution of the rail subsidy to the City. The City believes that a more integrated rail and public transport network is needed to better serve Cape Town residents and to build a more connected city. As the backbone of public transport in Cape Town, the Metrorail network requires an upgrade to ensure that it is safer, consumer-friendly and more reliable.

THE CITY FIX | CARS PAINT ROADS | BERLIN

Iepe Rubingh, a Dutch artist, transformed a busy intersection in Berlin into a public art piece. “Painting Reality” is composed of bikers spilling liters of environmentally friendly and water-based paint in the path of moving traffic. Once spilled into the road, the various shades of color are spread into the street by the moving wheels of cars.

MIPIMWORLDBLOG | GRAND PARIS: THE KEY TO THE FUTURE OF EUROPE | GREG CLARK

If Europe is to succeed over the next economic cycle, it will need several more cities that are able to provide both world-class environments and the scale required for leading business clusters. Combining quality and size is critical to global competitiveness. But Europe currently has only a few places where this is possible. In the future, Istanbul and Moscow may become great European business hubs, and we will see Barcelona, Amsterdam, Manchester, Hamburg, Munich, Zurich and others grow to offer genuine scale as well as quality. But in the short term, Europe needs London and Paris to lead this charge

REPORT | PWC | CITIES OF OPPORTUNITY

Download the fourth edition of Cities of Opportunity, 2011. This year the report covers 26 cities and presents in-depth results covering all 10 indicators and 66 variables, examines issues and adds insight from urban thinkers and influencers

REPORT | CABE | THE REAL VALUE OF STREET DESIGN

How economic benefits connect directly with the quality of street design, management and maintenance.

This report presents new research that shows how good street design contributes both economic benefits and public value. It shows that investment in design quality brings quantifiable financial returns and that people value improvements to their streets.

SUMMARY


  1. ANDREWBORAINE.COM | THE ABC OF THE EDA | WESTERN CAPE

  2. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW | ZAHA HADID | INNOVATORS INTERVIEW

  3. ARCH DAILY | SUPERKILEN | BIG ARCHITECTS | COPENHAGEN

  4. SUSTAINABLE CITIES COLLECTIVE | TRAFFIC FINES TO FUND BIKING PROGRAMS IN BRAZIL | CURITIBA 

  5. FUTURE CAPE TOWN | CAPE TOWN’S GUGGENHEIM: A FIRST LOOK AT MODILA | MOKENA MAKEKA

  6. FUTURE CAPE TOWN | THE FUTURE OF RAIL IN CAPE TOWN? | CITY OF CAPE TOWN

  7. THE CITY FIX | CARS PAINT ROADS | BERLIN

  8. MIPIMWORLDBLOG | GRAND PARIS: THE KEY TO THE FUTURE OF EUROPE | GREG CLARK

  9. REPORT | PWC | CITIES OF OPPORTUNITY

  10. REPORT | CABE | THE REAL VALUE OF STREET DESIGN

Cape Town’s Guggenheim? A first look at the Museum of Design, Innovation, Leadership & Art



MoDILA will be the centerpiece of an urban renewal initiative that will locate itself around a design precinct and high impact innovation cluster of technology, innovation art and leadership. Its purpose is to transform the cultural landscape, and act as an education platform of international significance to advance a Pan African project of cultural,entrepreneurial and technological renewal. 

MoDILA is a trust that offers educational programmes that raise awareness,train and inspire the public; and offers an interactive multimedia platform for design, innovation, and entrepreneurship and art studies.

“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. 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 of diminished public environments, and increased isolation of the architect from the public imagination as a trustworthy and responsible practitioner and agent for change.” Mokena Makeka