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2018/11/08 to 2018/11/10
When: Thursday, November 8, 2018
8:45 AM
Where: South Africa
Contact: Gabriela Ventapane
+27 21 794 7655

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Title of CPD course: OVER THE EDGE

Presenter: Keith Struthers

Course information (Content/Overview)

Summary of key points:

 The scope of the course:

The essential principles of designing and constructing sculptural buildings.

·         Increase your creativity by designing with surfaces and volumes as opposed to lines and edges, as we normally do.

·         Become sculpturally literate by identifying the ABC lexicon of single, warped and double curved surfaces.

·         Improvising to directly access fresh ideas.

·         'Ban the critic' from your practice yet improve your work with astute insights and co-creative feedback methods.

·         Master 5 invaluable techniques to ensure your innovative designs are accurately built.

·         Touch the nerve of what motivates you personally so you can produce your most inspired work.

Day One:

·         The Flat White Elephant in the Studio: Why designing with physical models, real surfaces and volumes, is the key factor when creating beautiful sculptural buildings

·         The language of surfaces: How to confidently introduce curved surfaces into your designs by understanding the fundamental ABC’s of form

·         Effective Documentation: The shocking reality that most methods are inadequate for sculptural designs and what you can do about it

·         Creativity 107: improvising to directly access fresh ideas

·         Time to Reflect: Where to look for golden opportunities in your life


Day Two:

·         Documenting 2D Shapes: The 5 invaluable techniques we use to ensure our innovative designs are accurately built.

·         Form follows Feeling: Why designing with refined feelings is essential to making your buildings timeless.

·         The art of conversation: How to instantly elevate the dynamics of your discussions to become a reliable source of creative ideas.

·         Co - creating: How to ban ‘the critic’ from your feedback sessions to ensure your co-working atmosphere is enjoyable, positive, supportive, insightful and consistently effective. Yes, really.

·         Time to Reflect: Identify a habit that keeps you saying ‘maybe later’ to life and what will happen if you change it.

Day Three:

·         Documenting 3D Forms: 3 Advanced techniques you need to know to guarantee that your complex designs are built exactly as intended

·         The Alphabet of form: How to craft the shapes and forms of your buildings to evoke particular moods and feelings appropriate to its use

·         A Simple off-the-page technique: How your designs can be enormously expressive and fun without blowing the budget

·         In the Limelight: How touching the nerve of what motivates you personally will focus you to produce your most inspired work


Cape Town: 134 Main Road, Corner Windsor and Main Roads (above Olympia Café), Kalk Bay, Cape Town

Johannesburg: 26 Portman Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg

For the adventurous we also run the courses in Brazil and Chile. Enq. via email.

Time:  8:45am to 4:50pm (both cities)


Cape Town: Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 8, 9, 10th of November 2018

 Johannesburg: Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 25, 26, 27th of October 2018    

Closing date for Registration and payments:

Cape Town: Tuesday, 06th of November 2018 | Johannesburg: Monday, 22th of November 2018

Click for registration: https://www.naturalscool.com/courses/module-1/

Cost of workshop:

R 5 950 per person
Cancellation/refunds will only be accepted a week prior to the set date.  Should no cancellation be received within this period, no refunds will be made for non-attendance!

CPD Category: 1

CPD Credits:6

Course validation:SAIA

Contact person for course information and bookings: Gabriela Ventapane

Tel: +27 21 794 7655

Email address: info@naturalscool.com

Website: https://www.naturalscool.com/

Banking details/ booking details or other important information:

Payment by EFT or Payfast on our website


Naturals Cool

Business cheque account

FNB Constantia

ACC: 62235585364

(Please use your initials and surname as reference. To finish your booking, send the proof of payment to: info@naturalscool.com)

What participants have said:

"More inspirational than five years at university!" 
Adam Van Nieuwenhuizen, Landscape Architect, South Africa

"The initial spark that made me fall in love with architecture was ignited here. I felt an awakening of my senses through engaging with the tactile once again." 
Nobethu Jolobe, Architect, Johannesburg, South Africa

"NaturalsCool have introduced a whole new quiver to my design lexicon in a manner that was educational, inspirational and fun. It gave me the opportunity to delve into myself and rediscover my passion for the design process, which I haven’t felt for a long 
Brian Glaser, Architect and film set designer, Cape Town, South Africa