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17 Feb 2019
14 Feb 2019
GSA-BOOGERTMAN+PARTNERS ILS # 3 - DK OSSEO-ASARE

GSA Main, FADA Auditorium, Bunting Road Campus, University of Johannesburg. Wine Bar: 18h00 Welcome Note & Talk: 18:30 – 19:15 Q & A: 19:15 – 19:45 #happeningatthegsa DK Osseo-Asare is co-founding principal of trans-national architecture and integrated design studio Low Design Office (LOWDO), based in Austin, Texas and Tema, Ghana; co-founder of pan-African open tech initiative Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP); and Assistant Professor of Architecture and Engineering Design at Penn State University, where he runs the Humanitarian Materials Lab and serves as Associate Director of Penn State’s Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Design with Africa. DK led strategic and urban design initiatives for Koumbi City and Anam City, new town projects in Ghana and Nigeria, and his design research spans humanitarian materials, design innovation, open-source urbanism, digital fabrication and architecture robots — exploring how optimised materials assemblies can transform lives and drive radical resilience through buildings, landscapes, cities, objects and digital tools. He is a TED Global Fellow, Africa 4 Tech Digital Champion in EdTech and received A.B. in Engineering Design and M.Arch. degrees from Harvard University.

11 Feb 2019
PROF LOKKO on BBC 4

BBC 4 has just released a 14-minute radio interview on the acclaimed architect, Sir David Adjaye. Listen to the full interview which features Mark Coles in conversation with the artist Chris Ofili, Adjaye's family, President Barack Obama and Prof Lesley Lokko. The full interview can be heard at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002g4g. The Design Museum in London has launched an exhibition examining the role of monuments and memorials in the 21st century, and it features seven projects by the British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye, including a glimpse of some that have yet to be built. The exhibition called Making Memory sets out to show that contemporary monuments are no longer “static” objects – such as plaques, statues or neo-classical sculptures – but dynamic and complex spaces created to serve a wider purpose. Exemplifying that idea will be projects by Adjaye such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, the new National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra and the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London. “The monument is no longer a representation, it is an experience of time and place that is available to everyone,” said Adjaye. “Whether it’s for a nation, a race, a community, or a person, it is really used as a device to talk about the many things facing people across the planet.” The show offers a visual survey of monuments and memorials throughout history, beginning with the Acropolis of Athens (447 BC) and continuing through to the 2018 Millicent Fawcett statue by Gillian Wearing in London. Prof Lesley Lokko and Dean Federico Freschi attended the opening on 3 February.

06 Feb 2019
EXTRAS Architecture + Film: White Material

Join us for the first EXTRAS Architecture + Film feature for 2019 on Wednesday 13th Feb, at 17h00 at GSA Metro Braamfontein. Claire Dénis has always been a poet of mood and moment, and here succeeds in linking these skills to the creation of a story with oppressive tension and atmosphere. White Material could be her best film since Beau Travail: a disturbing piece of work whose power and grip increase, almost imperceptibly, as the film progresses to its awful and inevitable conclusion. Isabelle Huppert plays Maria Vial, a coffee farmer in an unnamed Francophone African state which is in meltdown. There is lawlessness on the streets and, as in Rwanda, radio DJs pour out inflammatory broadcasts. The colonial whites are being blamed. Every day is more dangerous for Maria, but she stubbornly refuses to leave, perhaps because she cannot imagine a life back in France, perhaps because decades of facing down quasi-insurrectionary threats from the workforce have left her unable to distinguish this grave crisis from all the other temporary mutinies.

Student showcase

Take a look at the work of GSA students, both past, and present.

  • Prof Lesley Lokko
    People at GSA
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    In every architect is the thought – or hope – that things could be done better. That’s why we do it.

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    - Prof Lesley Lokko
  • Eric Wright
    People at GSA
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    Architecture enables us to simultaneously reflect on the past and forecast new futures. Even at its most understated, architecture inherently looks forward.

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    - Eric Wright
  • Dr Finzi Saidi
    People at GSA
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    Our quest for the epitome of architecture, in education and in practice, should be to design quality liveable spaces for all in society.

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    - Dr Finzi Saidi
  • Mxolisi Makhubo
    People at GSA
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    Architecture is the physical manifestation of our greatest dreams and, sometimes, our greatest insecurities.

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    - Mxolisi Makhubo
  • Ingrid Martens
    People at GSA
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    GSA is an inspirational, innovative and transformative space, where students are given the freedom to experiment in the most exciting and surprising ways, as they redefine and reimagine African architecture.

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    - Ingrid Martens