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25 Mar 2019
18 Mar 2019
Larval Landscapes

A group of staff and students (Unit 15X) at the GSA is working with counterparts at ARDHI University, the Tanzanian government and the World Bank to upgrade open public spaces in the capital city, Dar-es-Salaam. Larval Landscapes explores landscape design in three pilot sites: Mnazi Moja in the inner city; Mangomeni located along a bus transit route; and Mwembe Yanga in Temeke, in a residential area. Drawing on Tanzania’s rich cultural heritage, Larval Landscapes hopes to challenge current municipal legislation by exploring alternative design frameworks that offer new identities and opportunities for the city’s open spaces.

18 Mar 2019
'Folded Skies' by Counterspace

Folded Skies is a landscape installation, recently executed by two GSA lecturers, Sumayya Vally and Sarah de Villiers (Counterspace), in collaboration with StayEvlKids. The installation ran from December 2018 to end January 2019 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. An excerpt from the architects’ press release reads: “For an instant, a drop of sky lands in the landscape - each an instant in time. Our installation captures colours of the South African light – dawn, dusk, sunsets. We are inspired by the iridescent qualities of our cities and landscapes – sometimes this is heightened by the chemical compounds in our cities’ mining dust. We worked with the same pigment compounds (copper, aluminium, cobalt, ferrous) from these dusts to create instances of South African skies – a snapshot of light conditions at different times of the day. The shapes fold light, perspective and earth into each other, producing a blurred enmeshing of up and down, inside and outside, real and unreal”. Counterspace and Stay Evl Kids are currently working on a scaled-down series of Folded-Skies, intended as set pieces to form part of an ‘other landscapes’ photo essay, captured on Johannesburg’s mine dumps, amongst other other-worldly industrial and natural landscapes across the country. Images: © Caitlyn Warther & Counterspace.

14 Mar 2019
Prof Lesley Lokko at Aura Istanbul

On the 4th of March, GSA Director Prof Lesley Lokko presented #ALLMUSTFALL, a lecture on the pursuit of transformative pedagogy in the African context, at Aura Istanbul! Architecture and Urbanism Research Academy Istanbul (AURA Istanbul) is an academy operating to foster cooperation between interdisciplinary programs and practices, across various urban environments and phenomena. Click on this post to access a link to the lecture online.

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