Stefan van Biljon: Unearthing the urban unknown (trailer)

Architect Stefan van Biljon presents two projects in which he attempts to uncover the invisible forces that influence our relationships to our cities.

In his 2014 Design Indaba Conference speaker talk, Cape Town-based architect and artist Stefan van Biljon presented two projects that use drawing as a means to unearth the hidden forces at play in our cities. Both projects are set in Cape Town. The first, KL-Metamatic: Ghost Ship, looks into building a machine that would transform the reclaimed land at the harbour back into ocean.

“This idea of transformation from one state to the next, from water into land, became the guiding light of this project,” he says.

The second project, Military Urbanism, investigates the history of urban segregation in Cape Town from the time before Apartheid was institutionalised.

“This project really represents my attempt to try to unearth the unconscious of Cape Town’s urban divisions.”

Van Biljon studied a Masters of Architecture at the University of Cape Town and then a Masters of Architecture II at the Cooper Union in New York. His work attempts to break down the beliefs we hold about the cities we live in. 

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