Who will build Cape Town’s iconic museum, MoCAA: Groundbreaking

Who will build Cape Town’s iconic museum, MoCAA: Groundbreaking


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Yesterday, the V&A Waterfront’s historical grain silos took a step forward to becoming the permanent home of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA). FUTURE CAPE TOWN attended the official ground breaking today the V&A announced the local partners that will work alongside renowned British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s team in the R500 million transformation.

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Cape Town’s biggest design market? An Interview with Trevyn McGowan

Cape Town’s biggest design market? An Interview with Trevyn McGowan

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is being shaken up by one of the most prolific figures in South African design: Trevyn McGowan. R50 million has been invested into the revamping of the former Blue Shed Craft Market into a new hub of craft, design, and wellness called The Watershed As Curator of The Watershed, Trevyn offers Future Cape Town some insight into her vision for the space. MAIN_2673320a Anna…

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Innovative designs for the New York Waterfront

Innovative designs for the New York Waterfront

By Vanessa Quirk.

On 03 April 2014 BIG, along with 9 other teams including OMA and WXY, unveiled their proposals for “Rebuild by Design,” a competition which tasks teams with improving the resiliency of waterfront communities through locally-responsive, innovative design. Each proposal was required to be “flexible, easily phased, and able to integrate with existing projects in progress.” As Henk…

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Go inside the ZEITZ Museum of Contemporary Art Africa by Heatherwick Studio

Go inside the ZEITZ Museum of Contemporary Art Africa by Heatherwick Studio

Heatherwick Studio, based in London, is recognised internationally for projects including the UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, The London 2012 Olympic Cauldron, the New Bus for London and the redevelopment of Pacific Place, a 640,000m2 complex in the centre of Hong Kong.

Also read: Cape Town to get a Museum of Contemporary Art


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Cape Town to get Museum of Contemporary Art

Today, 19 November, the V&A Waterfront unveiled the ZEITZ Museum of Contemporary Art for Africa…

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Why a ferry service for Cape Town might make sense

by Harry Valentine

There was a time prior to the early to mid 20th century when a “penny ferry”…

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Development of the Week: Workshop17

Source: Wolff Architects

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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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Polaris Climate Change Observatory: New images unveiled

The sophisticated building design will represent the look of a giant tabular iceberg, surrounded by water on all sides and depicting a melting ice block as a result of climate change. Three iconic symbols will be represented: the iceberg, the planet and the ice-core

Architects: GAPP Architects in assocation with Atelier Brückner

Completion: 2014

Location: Collier Jetty, V&A Waterfront

The Polaris Climate Change Observatory (PCCO) is a key project of the International
Polar Foundation communicating to the public on the importance of the
Polar Regions and the research being conducted there to improve the
understanding of the mechanisms driving climate change. The Polaris will
allow multiple stakeholder interactions giving the public, policy makers and
actors a forum for improving mutual understanding of needs and actions
required to assure an adapted response to development needs.

The PCCO will provide a showcase for research and forecasting tools, as well
as explaining regulatory measures, and international agreements aiming to
set in place planetary governance frameworks and instruments. In addition,
researchers and industrial actors will also be able to showcase innovation
and expertise that will help society to meet the challenges that lie ahead
in the battle to restrain climate change and intelligently manage resource
depletion in the face of growing population pressure on fragile ecosystems.

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First Polaris Climate Change Observatory set for Waterfront site by 2014

Why Cape Town?

Cape Town is the perfect location for the first Polaris Climate Change Observatory, bringing together the ingenuity of one of Africa’s premier cities with a revolutionary concept which will change the way visitors understand the world, the changing climate and ways in which humanity can take responsibility and make decisions for the future.

The Polaris will be like no other placein the world today, by taking the visitor through the origins of the Earth right up to present day in a bid to put climate change into perspective. 

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