Kenyan in and around Cape Town

Architecture


University of Cape Town,
Cape Town

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This is my grad School. I am pursuing an MPhil in Urban Infrastructure & Management and its not easy for a newbie dad and husband!
It is made worse by all the steps/Stairs you have to take to and from school … the infamous Jemmie steps!
All Hail UCT Jemmie Steps!!! Keep walking.

I will forever remember these steps!!

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My City My Town


Sometimes I like to forget what is going on around me … like the Elections in Kenya. I like to remind me how beautiful Cape Town is and hope that one day maybe Mombasa will be like this … maybe … just maybe.

My City My Town

Cape Town City Centre
Taken from the 3 Towers up in Gardens


You dont need a holiday, you need Cape Town


The N2 from the 3 Towers,
Cape Town

“With cities, it is as with dreams: Everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or its reverse, a fear. Cities like dreams are made up of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else”

As I continue to experiment with black and white (trying not to see things in color … after all I live in South Africa) … I am not able to choose between the 2 views here so I am posting both of them in colour and in black and White!


Archicad 15


The excitement of seeing how Archicad is packaged … and going through the installation process is something that many architects (atleast the ones that I know) have never gone through. So when it be that you are part of such a process, then it calls for abit of unsual excitement! And while at it get afew “boyz” to pose with this new toy …!


The Huguenot Monument


Franschhoek,
Western Cape,South Africa

The Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek, South Africa, is dedicated to the cultural influences that Huguenots have brought to the Cape Colony (and ultimately the whole of South Africa) after their immigration during the 17th and 18th centuries.The monument was designed by J.C. Jongens, completed in 1945 and inaugurated by Dr. A.J van der Merwe on April 17, 1948

The three high arches symbolizes the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. On top of the arches is the sun of righteousness and above that, the cross of their Christian faith

The central female figure, created by Coert Steynberg, personifies religious freedom with a bible in her one hand and broken chain in the other. She is casting off her cloak of oppression and her position on top of the globe shows her spiritual freedom. The fleur-de-lis on her robe represents a noble spirit and character

The southern tip of the globe shows the symbols of their religion (the Bible), art and culture (the harp), the agriculture and viticulture (the sheaf of corn and grape vine) and industry (spinning wheel)

The water pond, reflecting the colonnade behind it, expresses the undisturbed tranquility of mind and spiritual peace the Huguenots experienced after much conflict and strife


Century City at Dusk


I live in Century City, one of the nicests places to live in (in my opinion) … very quiet and peaceful. I took this photo of on of our typical streets at dusk and the kind I hope to see in Kenya one day … with all the street lights working!
And below is the Oval, where my wife and I stretch our legs every so often in the quietness of the evenings.


The Nairobi I saw


So after months of anticipating and waiting and planning to go up KICC rooftop- When I was available the weather wasn’t friendly and when I got there @5:30 trying for the sunset it turned out that now they close shop at 6pm!! I shall not give up – Nairobi I shall be back once Major Chirchir is done with Al-shabaab!! This time I wont be carrying my tripod up 26 floors for nothing!!


Color me bad!


The Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town, South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is quintessentially a Township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is an historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town

I thought I was in Ukambani (a Bantu ethnic group who live in the semi-arid Eastern Province of Kenya ) when I landed in Bo-kaap. Their love for colors is unmatched and so I have this suspicion that the occupants of Bo-kaap are direct descendants of chief Kivoi!! at every stweet you hexpect to ear a ‘igh pitched voice saying “waaacha … we museo?” or some ‘Ngulu Mwelela’ playing somewhere 🙂

Kamba 101:
THE KAMBA ALPHABET(In Kamba Colors)
A FOR HUNDERWEAR (Underwear), B FOR Mboy (Boy), C FOR CEENAKI (Snake), D FOR NDAMBILIU (W), E FOR HEATING (Eating), F FOR Faluamble (valuable), G FOR, NGONJIAS (Gorgeous), H FOR ONI (Horny), I FOR ICCUPS (Hiccups), J FOR NJUIS (Juice) K FOR KLISTOVER (CHRISTOPER), L FOR LEMBO (Label), M FOR MBULO (Bro) N FOR NGILINI (Green), O FOR HOMBIT (Orbit), P FOR FACKING (Parking) Q FOR KWININE (Quinine), R FOR LAIS (Rice), S FOR SONJA (Soldier)
T FOR TOMU (Tom), U FOR YULAINO (Urinal), V FOR FENGETEMBOS (Vegetables) W FOR SII “NDII” (See D), X FOR ENZEL (Excel), Y FOR WHAE (Why), Z FOR NZEKISI (sexy)

Mutua,Dexter,Nzembi – I found your relations!!


Untamed


Last Sabbath my family and I spent the afternoon at the world famous Kirstenbosch gardens in Cape Town. At the gardens there is this nice architectural piece that is playing host to an exhibition dubbed ‘untamed’ … a collaborative project exploring the lost balance between humankind and nature. You can find out more here if you are interested


Retail Therapy


If you are married or have a galfriend that takes you shopping you probably can do shopfront design for a living 🙂 I have come to terms with what am told is an old concept known as “Retail therapy”- shopping with the primary purpose of improving the buyer’s mood or disposition (at the husbands expense). Often seen in people during periods of depression or transition, it is normally a short-lived habit. Items purchased during periods of retail therapy are sometimes referred to as “comfort buys” …

I have since learnt to appreciate shopfronts and different store concepts – this one here is a small mall at the clock tower (V&A Waterfront)