Name: Emeritus Professor Fabio Todeschini
Address: 55 Dorp Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town 8001; or School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch, 7701 SOUTH AFRICA. Fax: +2721 650 2383. Cell: +27842572981.
Emails: fabiodesigncape@gmail.com and at UCT: fabio.todeschini@uct.ac.za
Qualifications: B.Arch (Cape Town) 1965; M.Arch (UD)(Penna) MCP (Penna) 1975
Professional affiliations: Arch SA, Trp SA, MCIA, MSAIA, MUDISA, MAHAP (resigned from UDI USA and from RIBA UK)
Biographical details: Fabio Todeschini is an architect, city planner and urban designer and has run a personal professional practice spanning architecture, planning, urban design and heritage resource management since 1980. He started teaching at the School of Architecture in 1968 and joined the UCT permanent staff in 1975. He is a past Director of the School of Architecture and Planning at UCT. He continues teaching at UCT. He is committed to continued academic and scientific research and has raised significant research funding from within and outside of UCT for such purposes over the past decade. His research interests include: issues of urban structure and form, urban design and settlement and cultural landscape conservation planning. He has published work in the fields of conservation planning and management, planning history, urban growth management, transportation policy and local area policy planning. He does contract research and professional work for NGOs and government departments on policy discourses in the fields of urban structure and form and conservation planning and management, with a particular focus on Western Cape settlements and landscapes. With colleagues, he has been awarded the Cape Times Centenary Medal twice (Todeschini and Japha, Architects and Town Planners, and the Conservation Research Group, School of Architecture and Planning, UCT) and has received the Architecture SA National Projects Award for the Green Point Common Master Plan (Todeschini and Japha). He has undertaken work on cultural landscape aspects of a Cape Town Metropolitan policy plan, written a chapter for a book on issues of tradition and identity with Derek Japha and published three books, two with Prof. David Dewar: one on urban growth management to promote integration and another on a broad direction for national urban transportation policy. With David Dewar, he is currently advanced with a manuscript for a book entitled “Poverty and Urban Design” which compares areas in Cape Town and Ahmedabad, India, which is due for completion later this year with funding from the British Council. He is project leader and principal researcher in a recently commenced research project currently funded by the National Research Foundation of South Africa and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China: it involves research in Wuhan, China, and Cape Town, South Afrca. He serves as member of the Cape Institute for Architecture Heritage Committee and was made Patron of the Urban Design Institute of South Africa. He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) and a member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). He advises the SA Heritage Resources Agency in regard to cultural landscapes and has been a member of several international scientific committees of ICOMOS. At the invitation of the President of ICOMOS he prepared a published report on Table Mountain as an international heritage site of note. In November 2002 he was invited by the President of the World Heritage Centre, UNESCO, in Paris to participate in a symposium on world heritage to celebrate the founding of the centre 30 year before. He served as a member of the Heritage Western Cape Built Environment and Landscape Permit Committee for 4 years. He has been an invited lecturer in India, Malaysia, the USA, Malta, Norway, Italy, China and Japan. He was invited to be a member of the International Juries of the 24th, 25th and the 26th Summer Sessions of the International Workshop of Planning and Urban Design held in Cergy-Pontoise, organised by Les Ateliers Internationaux de Maitrise D’oevre Urbaine, Ile de France. He was invited to participate in an international workshop on urban affairs in Kanazawa, Japan, in June 2011. He was also selected to participate in two international professional workshops organized by Les Ateliers Internationaux de Maitrise D’oevre Urbaine: the first to give advice to the regional and local government of Diyarbakir, Turkey, in October 2011; the second to give advice to the City of Puebla, Mexico in May-June 2012. Commissions in his practice have included a number of high profile projects for the City of Cape Town and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape. Current commissions include developments in Onrus Rivier and Franschhoek, as well as several to do with heritage resources management for NGO’s and the City of Cape Town.
Some recent publications: Todeschini, F. and Dewar, D. (2013) “The Street as Pre-requisite Open Space: current South African settlement practice and the need for a paradigm shift”, Project Baikal 3952 33-28-40, pp. **-**, Irkutsk, Russian Republic, January (in print); Todeschini, F. (2012) “Conservation and Development: some considerations relative to the built environment and cultural landscapes in South Africa", Project Baikal 3952 33-28-40, pp. 130-136, Irkutsk, Russia; Todeschini, F., Dewar, D., and A. Brander, (2012) “Place, Urban Design and Poverty: Lessons from a comparison of Cape Town and Ahmedabad”, Proceedings of the Conference Designining Place, Nottingham University, UK, 2-3 April; and Proceedings of the First International Conference on Architecture and Urban Design, EPOKA University, Tirana, Albania, 21-22 April; Todeschini, F (2011) “District Six: some planning and design reflections on a long-standing conflict landscape of Cape Town, South Africa”, in Lucca, D and Occhialini, E (eds.) Where Does the New City Come From?: The International Laboratory for Architecture and Urban Design preparatory seminar and 2010 Laboratory held in Guangzhou, China, ISBN 978-1-4477-6009-2, Lulu Press, California USA, pp. 103-121. August; Todeschini, F (2011) “Shared Built Heritage and Identity Construction Through Urban and Landscape Modification at the Larger Scale at the Cape: some enquiries and several issues of method”, ICOMOS SA International Symposium/Conference on Shared Built Heritage in Africa, Castle of the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, 3-8 July; Todeschini, F (2011) “The Castle Towns of Cape Town, South Africa and Kanazawa, Japan: Some Observations, a Few Thoughts and Some Suggestions”, in Uchida, N (Ed.) New Value for Historical City Livability, Sustainability and Continuity, Jyo-kamachi Kanazawa International Workshop Report, pp. 90-94, Kanazawa, Japan; Todeschini, F (2011) “Cape Town, South Africa: a Castle Town from the mid-1600’s — historic city, livability, sustainability, continuity and resilience”, in Uchida, N (Ed.) New Value for Historical City Livability, Sustainability and Continuity, Jyo-kamachi Kanazawa International Workshop Report, pp. 142-177, Kanazawa, Japan; Todeschini, F (2011) “The Cape Winelands Cultural Landscape of the Western Cape, South Africa”, National Association for Interpretation International Conference Proceedings, Gamboa, Panama, http://www.interpnet.com/ic/download/NAI-Panama-proceedings.pdf, pp. 51-70; Dewar, D and F Todeschini (2009) “Revitalizing Built Environments: the case of the developing world”, Hulya Turgut Yildiz and Yasemine Ince Guney (eds) Proceedings of the International Symposium Revitalising Built Environments: Requalifying Old Places for New Uses, peer reviewed full papers CD, ISBN-978-975-561-359-8, IAPS Culture & Space / CSBE Housing Networks, Istanbul, Turkey; Todeschini, F. (2008) “How Urban Design Should Be Developing in this Country: Contextual Realities”, invited paper, Architecture SA, September/October, pp. 12-14.; Todeschini, F, (2007) “Issues and Challenges in South African Material Landscapes, a perspective from the Western Cape: some enquiries and several issues of method spanning heritage resources management and development planning”, Architecture SA, March/April, pp. 18-21.

Geographical Area: 
Western Cape
Professional Affiliation: 
Architect, City Planner, Urban Designer, Heritage Practitioner


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