News 29 Aug 2018
GSA-Boogertman+Partners ILS # 10

Henning Rasmuss was born in Johannesburg. Influenced by the building boom in the late 1960s and early 70s, and fascinated by the energy of large building sites, he chose to study architecture – graduating cum laude from Wits University in 1994. After early works completed in Berlin, Johannesburg and Hong Kong, he co-founded Paragon Architects in 1997 with Anthony Orelowitz. He is a founding director of all companies in the Paragon Group. Since 2012, he has been responsible for all the Group’s International Projects, and for Business Development in Africa. This has led to project engagements in 18 countries on the continent, and completed projects in 11 countries. Henning has contributed numerous articles to South African and international design and architecture publications; and co-wrote and co-published the books ‘Contemporary South African Architecture in a Landscape of Transition’ (2006), and ‘Cape Town Stadium: Between the Lines’ (2010). He lectures by invitation; has served as external examiner for various universities; and has served as Jury Member for the Corobrik Architecture Student of the Year Award in 2011, 2012, 2013, and for the Kenya Association of Architects Award of Merit in 2014.

News 25 Aug 2018
Checkpoint: GSA Unit 14 Q3 Review & Exhibition

Following a day-review with examiners Dr Mpho Matsipa and Heinrich Wolff, the emerging works of GSA Unit 14 are opened up in an exhibition, accompanied by a wine-bar. ______________________________________________ In 2018, Unit 14 reinforces its interests in Rogue Economies – those subversive economic practices, tactics and transactions that shape contemporary Johannesburg in bewilderingly dramatic ways. We look to understand these dynamics to build a relevant architectural literacy around emergent economic practices that are defining our African cities. This year, we focus our attention on security - that perilous state whereby the necessity for security reorganises our society and space through uncomfortable arrangements. We examine both the attainment of security and the consequences of its inverse – (in)Security – which results in the forfeiture of rights, sovereignty and instability. Its self-perpetuating and pervasive nature is here to stay and warrants a sincere and sober recognition of it in our future.

News 21 Aug 2018
GSA-Boogertman+Partners ILS # 9 - Cohen & Garson

NINA COHEN AND FIONA GARSON have been in partnership for 15 years. The studio draws on skilled staff and collaborators as the need arises. This flexibility enables the partners to be intimately involved in all projects and to be discerning when deciding which projects to take on. As the partners say, ‘our open and respectful working relationship with each other and with our staff makes for good decision-making and a collegial working environment. We enjoy working in a team and collaborating with others.’ Many of the buildings Cohen and Garson have designed are ground-breaking. They have been published in prestigious magazines such as Domus (Italian), Detail (German), and Architecture Digest (South African) amongst others. They received the Visi Designer of the Year award in 2012 for the Wits Art Museum. They also received an award of excellence from GIfA and a National Award of Merit from SAIA for WAM.

News 20 Aug 2018
Critical Practice Seminar # 3: Ivan-Nicholas Cisneros

In this open-to-the-public seminar and presentation, recent Princeton University graduate, IVÁN-NICHOLAS CISNEROS, will talk about his award-winning thesis, ‘140-Mile Third Space of Social and Economic Re-order In-betwixing the Mexico/US Geopolitical Order of Things: The Disruptive Betweenity of the Betwixt Cannabis Menagerie’. Cisneros’ advisors at Princeton University School of Architecture were Samia Henni (a recent ILS speaker), Mitch McEwen, and Liz Diller.

News 16 Aug 2018
Unit 11 Students Heading to Dubai!

Three M2 Unit 11 students have been selected to present their projects at the Global Graduate Show in Dubai! Su-Nam Chen, Jaclyn Kapp and Daniele Cronje will be showing their work, Culverture, at this world-renowned show of the world's best graduate projects in Dubai. The annual Global Graduate Show is an exposition of life-changing inventions from the world’s largest design and technology schools. Taking place during Dubai Design Week, November 2018. The team's project, Culverture, can be seen on our Facebook page and on Instagram. Visit http://www.globalgradshow.com/ for more details on the show.

News 15 Aug 2018
Special Screening of A+F Film

Join us this Friday 17 August 2018 at 14h30 for a special screening of The Pearl Button, an outstanding documentary by acclaimed Chilean filmmaker, Patricio Guzmán. 'Water, the longest border in Chile, also holds the secret of a mysterious button embedded in a rail found on its ocean floor. Chile, with its 2,670 miles of coastline and the largest archipelago in the world, presents a supernatural landscape. In it are volcanoes, mountains and glaciers. In it are also indigenous people and their tragic history; the first English sailors who took back to England a native traded for a button (nicknamed 'Jenny Button') and also those of its political prisoners from the Pinochet era. Using both archival images and gorgeous new footage, The Pearl Button manages once again to convey different periods of history and geography in a gripping tale of our modern world.'

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