GSA ILS # 1 Ngaire Blankenberg
Please join us at our very first International Lecture Series event for 2020. This year we will be exploring the intersection of architecture with a wide range of disciplines. ‘Museum Doctor’ Ngaire Blankenberg is internationally recognised for her work fixing museums, planning cultural destinations and revitalising urban spaces through culture. She is co-editor of Museums, Cities and Soft Power and the Manual of Digital Museum Planning. Ngaire’s work is guided by the belief that museums are too important to remain colonial, elitist and irrelevant. Yet here we are. Through her work advising over 50 museums and cultural projects in 35 cities on 5 continents, she is on a mission to diagnose what exactly is wrong with museums and how to put them right.
Land Earth City: Masterclass with Paloma Torres
In the making of form with clay, as handled, moulded and shaped, the sculpted and drawn object is a design and archive of its production and place. On the 24th February we invite you to join us for a masterclass with Mexican artist Paloma Torres, whose work is located in the territory between architecture and sculpture. The masterclass consists of a morning roundtable and evening artist talk. We understand this event as a platform for facilitating a dialogue on questions of local histories and epistemologies in relation to land, earth, architecture and the city across the global south, where the south is understood as a position, location and place.
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).
Visions 20/20: 5 Year Retrospective of the Graduate School of Architecture UJ
Opening: Monday 17th February at 18:00 In this exhibition, we reflect on the visionaries that have crafted the flagship Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg; including its staff, its supporters, but also most importantly, its student visionaries. We celebrate the stellar work that has grown, emerged and extrapolated deeply complex, trans-continental issues in spatial practice; and use it as a gaze toward a continued, and ever expanding horizon that strives for excellence, imagination and criticality. Hindsight may certainly be 20/20, but from here we look forward into a newly created courageous space of architectural pedagogical pursuit, ever further to be imagined and fought for, ever more deeply.
GSA Reading Group 2020 #1: Queer Territories
We kick-off with three exciting new Reading Groups in Quarter 1, led by Jabu Absolom Makhubu, Tuliza Sindi and Pandeani Liphosa, This week's Queer Territories commences with readings from David Bell and Jon Binnie, and Hugo Canham. Click here for more information.
HOMEGROWN # 31 Unit 15X
A veritable trio of African unity, this three-man team who hail from Zambia, South Africa and Ghana are the teaching force behind Unit 15X, now in its fourth year at the GSA. Dr Finzi Saidi is a landscape architect and Senior Lecturer at the GSA; Absalom Makhubu is an urbanist who has been at UJ for six years and Dickson Adu-Agyei was a star student in Unit 15X last year and is now finding his (firm) feet as a junior lecturer. He’s also just had a baby girl, which means he’s currently quite sleep-deprived. They’ve been all over the continent with their students and their talk on Thursday 8 August 2019 included highlights from a discotheque in Kampala and a football pitch in Dar-es-Salaam (oh, and a beach in Zanzibar, too). Want to know a few interesting facts? Jabu has the most amazing collection of jewelry. Like, amazing. He’s also a big fan of the ‘short suit’. As in matching shirt ‘n’ shorts. Finzi rivals Madiba for his colourful shirts. Dickson’s just had a baby girl. Oh, did we just say that? Finzi’s passionate about football and landscape. He used to be a hockey-dad. Dickson has his own practice and would like to do a PhD. Finzi speaks Afrikaans.