Special Issues

VASSA 50th Anniversary Souvenir

A look back at VASSA’s 50 years of Vernaccing. Contents include

  • Can vernacular be restored?
  • Reading the structure of old Cape buildings
  • Recording on the Northern Frontier
  • Little Karoo
  • Different approaches
  • Upper Table Valley
  • Stormsvlei
  • Genadendal and its hamlets
  • Gains & Losses:
  • Walmer Estate
  • Mills… and more!

VASSA 50th Anniversary Souvenir

The Sandveld Oral History Project

Remembering and Recording the Past for the Future  
Read all about this fruitful collaborative project on people and places in the Piketberg region that started work in October 2013 and what it has achieved – on display now at the Piketberg museum.

Die Sandvelse Mondelinge Geskiedenis

Mense en plekke van die Piketberg-kontrei
Gedenk die verlede en teken dit op vir die toekoms 2015.
‘n Oudio-visuele opname van die stories van families wat verbintenisse het met plase en nedersettings van die Suidelike Sandveld.

Die Sandveldse Mondelinge Geskiedenis – 8 June 2015


Cape Folk Architecture Exhibition – Souvenir Brochure

This exhibition was first shown at the University of Cape Town’s Irma Stern Museum in October 2004. The curators, contributors and organisers are all members of the Vernacular Architecture Society.

The exhibition traces the vernacular architecture tradition of the Western Cape through the links that exist between need, available materials and indigenous building knowledge, and locates the buildings within the landscape, both natural and man-made, to demonstrate the remarkable synergy that exists between form, materials and location.

Cape Folk Architecture Exhibition (English edition)

Kaapse Volk Architektur Tentoonstelling (Afrikaans edition)

Workshop Proceedings: Studies & Debates in Vernacular Architecture in the Western Cape

Session 1: Views of Vernacular Architecture & Landscapes
Andrew Berman, Melanie Attwell, Tariq Toffa, Hans Fransen, Fabio Todeschini
Session2: Approaches & Applications – Resources & Recording
Sally Titlestad, Marthinus van Bart, Len Raymond, Yvonne Brink, Antonia Malan
Session 3: Approaches & Applications – Heritage Conservation
Andre van Graan, Joanna Marx, Wendy Arendse, Sarah Winter, Nicolas Baumann, Henry Aikman, Stephen Townsend

In honour of Gawie Fagan

A special edition in celebration of Gawie Fagan’s 80th birthday (15 Novenber 2005)

Tributes and pictures from Andre van Graan, John Rennie, Len Raymond, Ashley Lillie, Heinrich Wolff, Hans Fransen, Oskar Kreft, Henry & Helena Fagan

Price R20

A Tribute to the Donkey: James Walton

A Tribute to the Donkey: James Walton

Price – R40