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11 Mar 2020
GSA RESEARCH SEMINAR 2020 #2 Dr. Fazil Moradi

TRANSLATIONAL IMAGINARIES AND PLANETARY MEMORIES Presented by Dr Fazil Moradi "In our world of technological change and translational practices, we are observing multiple and widespread access to the violence of “the past”. Translation, I argue, entangles hospitality, opens up the past, and put us in touch with the untranslatable death that gives way to an undeterminable future. Against this backdrop, I assess how science and technology, politics and law, photographs, people, language, modernity’s infrastructure of annihilation, and evidentiary institutions institute and conserve tele-evidence that becomes central to political, national and planetary memories of political violence."

03 Mar 2020
GSA RESEARCH SEMINAR 2020 #1 Prof. Nnamdi Elleh

HOW SHOULD WE BE RESEARCHING AFRICAN ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTION, URBANISM AND URBANISATION? Presented by Prof. Nnamdi Elleh Curated by Prof. Antonio Tomas Erick Gbolia’s Skyscrapers and Basilicas Grow on Cocoa Trees is a curious object that on the surface looks like a mere cartoon, but which, when explored in depth, tells and interrogates how political and business leaders, architects, planners and scholars, and the general audience, view and imagine the production of modern and contemporary buildings in different parts of the continent. While the historicisation of new architectural objects is acknowledged in different registers, the workers and the real sources of the wealth for building Africa’s contemporary spatial experiences are not acknowledged. How might we commiserate the role of labour and Africa’s natural resources in the construction of the contemporary city and its objects? This question forms the objective of the workshop.

17 Feb 2020
GSA Staff win Serpentine Pavilion commission for 2020!

University of Johannesburg (UJ) Graduate School of Architecture staff, Sumayya Vally and Sarah de Villiers, together with Amina Kaskar, become the youngest ever all-woman team commissioned to design the Serpentine pavilion. The 20-year-old Serpentine is one of the most prestigious commissions in the architecture world. The commission, to create an experimental temporary structure in London’s Kensington Gardens, is one of the most prestigious architectural events of the year. The Serpentine Galleries announced that 2020's architects would be the South African studio Counterspace, which is led by Vally and De Villiers, both lecturers at UJ, and Kaskar the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).

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