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As a philosophical architectural and heritage practitioner I am starting this blog to share information regarding events and concerns involving the built environment, but will probably be more partial to its poetic qualities than its quantitative value.
raymond smith, architectural and heritage practitioner
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Troskie Cottage 2018

Troskie Cottage 2018

It is always a rewarding experience to be able to restore/renovate or adapt an existing older structure imbued with character and history. The process also affords the opportunity to allow it to learn new ways to accommodate contemporary needs, while being an environmentally sustainable approach as it conserves the embodied energy of the structure, it also ensures heritage continuum.   This type of rehabilitation project is not without its challenges, and this

Existing condition of 1939 cottage

Troskie Cottage 2017

Erf 419, Longmarket Street, Stanford Village Rehabilitation project of a c. 1939 cottage in Longmarket Street, Stanford. This simple 3-bay cottage with double pitch roof, gable ends and enclosed covered stoep areas, will be refurbished to accommodate a contemporary lifestyle, while conserving its heritage value. Certain lacunae will be re-instated and some insensitive later accretions, such as enclosed stoep areas, will be removed to preserve the authentic character of the original

Bezuidenhoudt Street view

House Leiwater 2017

This project, a contemporary infill house on an undeveloped site, triggered Section 31 of the National Heritage Resources Act 25 of 1999 as it falls within the historic core of Stanford village, having been proclaimed an Urban Conservation Area by Government Gazette No 1909 of 15 December 1995 under the old National Monuments Act 28 of 1969. The challenge was how to respond architecturally in a context which dates back