GSA-Boogertman+Partners ILS #11
Mphethi Morojele is founding member of MMA Design Studio, formerly MMA Architects, a Johannesburg-based, mid-sized award-winning practice. He completed his architecture degree at UCT and post-professional degree at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London and went on to teach at the School of Architecture Wits University. Mphethi has curated several exhibitions on South African architecture including at the Venice Biennale, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the 2010 Shanghai Expo, to name a few. His interest in contextually-rooted forms of socio-cultural and spatial expression, inspired by the transforming landscape of South Africa and of Africa, has seen his work and his thoughts widely disseminated to architectural audiences internationally.
Cohen and Garson Architects Talk Now on Vimeo!
Nina Cohen and Fiona Garson took us on a fascinating trip through their contribution to cultural and educational architecture in contemporary South Africa. Using themes like 'courtyards', 'brick-as-fabric' and 'screens', they revealed their contribution to this genre of architecture and the depth of impact their practice has had on educational, civic and residential spaces. Their full-length video is now available on our dedicated Vimeo page (https://vimeo.com/288328357) for those who missed it!
GSA Unit 13 Quarter 3 Review on 5th September
GSA Unit 13 will be hosting their Quarter 3 Reviews on Wednesday the 5th September 2018, at Fox Street Studios, Maboneng!
Semester 2 Lecture Series At-a-Glance!
Our amazing graphic designer, Fred Swart, has produced a quick-to-read poster of all our Semester 2 lectures! It's available as a downloadable PDF from Jade Mokoena (firstname.lastname@example.org) and will be displayed around FADA and MOAD. We've had some incredible talks this year from places as far afield as Mumbai, Copenhagen, Santiago and London . . . we're looking forward to closing out the year with an outstanding cast! Please join us on the dates show. Until further notice, all GSA-Boogertman + Partners lectures will take place at FADA. We look forward to seeing you here!
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.
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.