One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to urban design

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to urban design

The ARPINO brand was launched at the CDI Creative Exchange at The Yard Silo District, at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Urban placemaking was the point of discussion at The Silo District’s The Yard recently when architects, designers and property developers gathered for talks by Macio Miszewski of VDMMA Architects, Carlos Pereira of the Portuguese brand ARPINO Urban Furniture and urban resilience expert Lauren Hermanus of Massive Small.

The talk was presented by the CDI and Arpino in collaboration with the #cocreatDESIGN festival.

“The core message shared by all speakers was that we can’t adopt a one size fits all approach. Each city has its own distinctiveness and dynamics that must be considered before introducing modern architecture or design. For a space to be truly culturally-neutral it needs to find a way to retain the history and culture that it was born from. It’s a fine balance and one that will challenge future architects, designers and town planners,” says Pereira.

The talk also served as a platform for CIPRO, an Angola based international interior architecture and design practice to launch ARPINO urban furniture design – one of its MADE IN AFRICA brands – to the South Africa market.

Designed and produced between Portugal and Angola, ARPINO will now be available in SA. The 16 piece range brings high-design to the public place, adaptable to commercial builds, city streets, parks and shared spaces.

Pereira says its culture-neutral style easily assimilates into different geographies and environments, adding a futuristic look to common areas in office blocks, shopping centre squares, parks, campuses and airports. The new Angolan International Airport has for instance specified its full range into its urban and public spaces.

“We’ve reimagined urban furniture such as bike racks, bollards and wayfinders for the global village. The pieces would look as at home in Times Square as in Cape Town’s Silo District or Angola’s Viana,” says Pereira.