Voices of the city : Andrew Turpin | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

“We need to densify our inner city; with a strong emphasis on accommodation in all ranges.”

Voices of the City Andrew Turpin
In this week’s voices of the city, we hear from local young architect Andrew Turpin.

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Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. By asking the same five questions to all our interviewees, we discover not only how our experiences of the city differ, but also what we share. It is a daunting task to try to capture the diverse experiences of our city’s inhabitants, but we feel that it is a worthy, and necessary, endeavor, in order to better understand the present and future of our city.
Andrew Turpin is a born and raised Johannes-burger and moved cities for a change of environment and personnel growth. Andrew is a young architect graduated from UCT with a Masters in Architecture and now work for Van der Merwe Miszewski Architects.
Voices of the City Andrew Turpin

Berlin, Germany streetscape



1. What about Cape Town inspires you the most?

I suppose ones everyday experiences within the city and its people inspire me most. Everything from the 90’s hip-hop playlists in the taxi on the way to Sea Point. The interactions with the checkout ladies at the local shop. The great cubicle graffiti that you find in some of Cape Towns finest establishments and mostly the brief interactions with the multitude of foreigners that Cape Town attracts

2. Do you have a secret space or place that you enjoy in the city?

Somewhere along Signal Hill. Lets just call it ‘the spot’.

3. What was the last exciting event you attended in the city?

Architectural Open Studio. A number of Cape Town architectural firms open their doors to the public. Allowing the average Joe to see the work that goes on around the city and the kinds of spaces we work in.

4. What frustrates you about the city?

The segregation of its people and the general city bowl building environment being dominated by private sector businesses and only exclusive living facilities. We need to densify our inner city; with a strong emphasis on accommodation in all ranges. Social housing and Lower and middle-income opportunities to own and rent.

5. You can have dinner with one person living or dead. Who is it and why?

Major cliché but probably my father’s father, purely because I never met him so would be great to know what kind of a character he was.


“The images represent both third and first world inner city built environments. We should take these cities as precedent in their density and how people of all classes accomodate and own their own little peace of the city. With more people come more opportunities.”

Voices of the City Andrew Turpin

Amsterdam, Netherlands streetscape

Voices of the City Andrew Turpin

Mumbai, India. streetscape

Voices of the City Andrew Turpin

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