Additions and Alterations Exhibition, Fourthwall Books, Braamfontein. 05-NOV-2015

This November we will be having an exhibition of our work at Fourthwall Books in Braamfontein. We will be exhibiting four projects that were completed in the last two years, with project models and drawings as well as photographs taken by Dave Southwood. Exhibition design is being done by Counterspace. Please diarise the opening, it should be fun.

Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre

Dear lovers of community, architecture, urban design, jazz...

We are raising money to complete the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Building: a multipurpose community centre in Sophiatown which caters to the broader Sophiatown and Westbury community. The building was funded by the National Lottery and we managed to complete the core building with this budget but we are now raising money for a sculptural steel sunscreen to be built on the north and east facades. The screen will support a map of old Sophiatown that will allow former residents, forcibly removed from the area during the apartheid era, to hang a memorial plaque on the place on the map where their house once stood. This is the finishing touch on the building and it will really turn it from a good building into a great building! 


Click here for the campaign link:
Sophiatown Remembrance Screen

Please donate what you can, it is very easy to sign up with Indiegogo and pledge via credit card or Paypal. Apart from doing something cool for Joburg the perks are great if you donate more than a certain amount.

The building is fully functional as a community centre already so I would be more than happy to give you guys a tour if you are keen,


Thomas Chapman
(Founder and Principal of Local Studio)

Thomas Chapman speaks on Radio Today about Sophiatown

Heritage Today @JoburgHeritage: 04/08/15: Sophiatown Revival – Thomas Chapman: @heritageportal ;@DStv:

Sophiatown Revival – Thomas Chapman

The story of Sophiatown is familiar to many but what often goes untold is the current process of re-imagining and remaking that has occurred in the neighbourhood since 1994. 
We talk to architect and urban designer, Thomas Chapman, about the development taking place in the area.Thomas has long been researching the history of this famous neighbourhood and is now fortunate to be part of the rebuilding. He will remind us of the wonderful cultures, people and buildings that were lost. We will talk about the legacy of Father Trevor Huddleston but also the real triumphs of the last twenty years that have emerged out of those not-so-distant ashes.

Join Alex Parker and Thomas Chapman on Heritage Today for a discussion about what heritage means for today. Heritage Today courtesy of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation is broadcast on Tuesdays at 10.45am on 1485 MW (AM) in greater Johannesburg and countrywide on ‪#‎DStv‬ audio channel 869. Radio Today also streams globally on and on Radio Today, the radio station that cares!

Freedom Day Celebration

On Sunday, in honour of Freedom Day we celebrated the 'Dedication and Naming Ceremony' of the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Building, our project in Sophiatown. Guests of honour at the ceremony included Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba. There was also a musical performance by Jonas Gwangwa.

This date was supposed to be the official opening of the building but we have had a variety of setbacks so are about a month over schedule. Our client insisted that the building be used on the day and draped the walls with backdrops from a stage set. We also had to make use of a blue tarpaulin stretched over the structure as we do not have a roof yet. The result was something quite sublime...