Goodbye WordPress..

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment

..Hello Blogger

As promised. Links to the new page:


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Why’s the lighting so bad in here?

October 19, 2009 2 comments

My life is starting to feel like a bad soap opera, and I’m left with questions like:

Is Pretoria too far?
Is 16 too young?
Am I going to die alone?

The answer, unfortunately, to all of these questions is probably yes.

C’est la vie.

These are some little cars made by some foreign African national whose name I don’t know, but they live on my window cill, and I think they’re really awesome.

Three 1


I’ve analyses in ordered lists,
Of ever girl I’ve ever met,
And book reports inside my head:
All the cover – faces that I’ve read.



Three 2

Beard. Beard. Beard.


October 18, 2009 1 comment

So I’m probably moving this thing over to Blogger. Its not really because Blogger’s any better than WordPress, and I’ve enjoyed using WordPress: the Dashboard’s really user friendly (probably more so than Blogger), but I’ve got 2 Blogger blogs that I submit posts to already and it kind of suits me better to have them all in the same place.. Plus there are a couple of other things I like about Blogger, and Google in general.

I think I’ll move everything over in the holidays (in two or three weeks time), so I might write one or two more posts here, but otherwise this is goodbye for now to WordPress.

I’ll post the new domain link and RSS link up here when I’m done setting it all up.

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uMkumbane Mixed Use

October 17, 2009 1 comment

Final presentation for my current design was yesterday, which means a little more sleep and a whole lot less stress for me.


I’ve got a couple of little changes to make before portfolio at the end of the year, but otherwise I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

The brief called for a Mixed Use building (residential/commercial/offices) in uMkumbane, Cato Manor, which is quite a poor area in Durban. The building was meant to act as something of an acupuncture into the area, a catalyst for further development of a positive urban environment.

It was generally quite a theoretical project, which was super rad! Some theory reports here and here.

And now for some pretty pictures..






night front


Model built with ArchiCAD, Rendered with Artlantis Studio, and touched up with Adobe Light Room.


October 8, 2009 3 comments

Up till now I’ve been using Graphisoft Archicad for all my drawing and stuff, and for some reason I’ve always been super anti-Revit. I don’t know why really, suppose its just an aversion to things that are new and different..

But I saw a pretty insane Autodesk presentation the other day, and I’m seriously considering switching over.. Revit seems exponentially more powerful.. So I’m definately gonna give it a try, I just need time to learn the program..

So I’m probably going to try in the holidays in a month or so.

Also, Autodesk handed a pack of free student-version software, which I thought was just plain


I think I’m in love

October 6, 2009 3 comments

So I just found out Hayley Williams, from Paramore is only 20. I think I have a chance.

Hayley, if you’re reading this,


I love you!


Ok, enough silliness.. Back to work, Matt Costa and the growing of my beard.


Congress Round Three

October 5, 2009 Leave a comment

So what more can I say..

Apart from the odd buss tour, most of our time was spent either in the most insane lectures, or partying, there was no in-between really..

One thing that really struck me though from the other universities is just how many pretty girls study architecture. I would never have believed it if I hadn’t seen it for myself, but its true! I think I need to move to PE/Cape Town/Pretoria!

Enough of that.

We had most of our lectures in this building:

Which is around a massive green quad on the Tuks main campus.

I would never have thought it, but Pretoria is actually a whole lot greener than Durban, and its not just the Jacaranda trees..


The architecture building (Boukunde) is also super cool. A whole lot more inspiring than the mass of yellow brick work and cavernous dungeon lecture halls that is the Denis Shepston Building at Howard College.


Mornings were a somber affair of hung over faces and what can only be described as warm chicory beverages.


Nothing however, could prepare us for the final night: the Des Baker competition.

Held at Freedom Park, and sponsored by the very deep pockets of Murray & Roberts, this was one hell of an event! The competition is held every year and submissions are invited from the third year classes of each school. It’s one of the most prestigious student competitions of the year, and a matter of major rivalries. This year however, it would not be UCT, TUT, TUKS, UJ, NNMU or any of the other universities who took the prize, and as tention built, the winners were finaly anounced..

Michael Brunner and Helen Reeves of the University of KwaZulu Natal.