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10 Jun 2019
Matri-Archi(tecture): a collective challenging mobility and locality through digital media

Matri-Archi(tecture) is a women-only collective that looks at urban development and spatial education on the African continent. Matri-Archi is co-directed by two women of colour with architecture backgrounds who consider themselves spatial agents - Khensani de Klerk and Solange Mbanefo. It works with 12 young pluri-disciplinary creatives and is active in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Switzerland and California. It publishes multi-media research via its webspace; engages in built work through projects and exhibitions, and brings its members together through live events, workshops and initiatives.

10 Jun 2019
Portmanteau 003 | Uncanny Portrait

“Arriving at each new city, the traveller finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.” Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities On 11 March 2019 Cyclone Idai reached peak intensity off the coast of Mozambique. Three days later, it made landfall at the northern edge of the east coast of Mozambique with catastrophic effect. At the same time, coincidentally, staff and students of Unit 13 at the GSA, University of Johannesburg, boarded a small 33-seater bus for Maputo.

12 Jun 2019
New Ways of Site-Seeing: A Collaboration Between GSA Unit 14 and UTS Cities Under Surveillance

Ways of Site-Seeing, a one-week collaboration between Unit 14 of the Graduate School of Architecture (GSA), University of Johannesburg (UJ), and University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Master of Architecture Studio: Cities Under Surveillance, concluded in April 2019. The project paired students from both schools, with Johannesburg-based students presenting a range of sites and their Sydney counterparts offering instruments with which the sites could be read. Drawing on both cities’ preoccupation with security and surveillance, the project sought to ask: what does it mean to read one situation through the lens of another? At the culmination of the exchange, each pair exhibited two drawings and ‘evidence’ to form an installation. Some particularly notable projects which emerged from the collaboration included those which concern thresholds and spatial systems of control on entry (Mkansi, Ndebele and Marjan), atmospheric controls of surface (Bhyat); the control mechanisms of the automatic teller machine and betting units (Chanje and Cheang); and ability of the crop frame to change the nature of the perceived story (‘3rd Image, Crop Frame by Piscopo and Moumakwe).

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