Quarry to Cornerstone – Thursday 7 Sept 17h30

Talk by Tommy Brümmer, one of Cape Town’s top town planners who knows the city like the back of his hand – he has worked here for three decades, after a Geology and Geography B.Sc. and then planning at Stellenbosch University.

Cape Town was built using the three basic rock types: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. All three occur in the City Bowl and are quarried for construction way back and now.

Using photographs (current and archive), stories and insights we will see these materials used in huge landmark architecture and humble city walls.

The talk is in the lecture theatre of the new School of Explorative Architecture (SEA), in House Union Block, HUB, (blue building pictured below), home of the Spier Arts Trust. On the ground floor will be the new 100 PORTRAITS exhibition – 60 portraits from South Africa’s national portrait award organised by Rust en Vrede Gallery where the top 40 portraits will be exhibited simultaneously.

Architect and Assoc Prof Nic Coetzer, who heads up SEA, will be hosting us.

Thursday 7 September 2023 – First Thursday

17h30 to 19h00

Cost: R200 includes refreshments, half price for full time students (free for architectural students)

To book: kate@cultureconnectsa.com 072 377 8014 (WhatsApp great)

Second Floor

House Union Block

25 Commercial St (Parliament end)

Cape Town City Centre, 8001

Do join us for supper in a nearby restaurant afterwards (suggestions welcome)

First picture: construction of Anglican cathedral, St George’s, 1889 – 1894