GSA-Boogertman+Partners # 12 - Thiresh Govender
Thiresh Govender is an architect and urban designer practicing in Johannesburg. Having worked in the studios of Noero Wolff and Paragon Architects, he was driven to understand the larger forces shaping architecture and cities in our new democracy. He was awarded the Chevening Scholarship to complete his Master’s in Urban Design at the Bartlett in 2006. Following his intrepid travels to far-away places, he set up UrbanWorks in Johannesburg as a means of exploring the possibilities of practice in an attempt to understand this unwieldy metropolis in terms of its design. He is deeply obsessed with the emergent spatial patterns of the city, specifically its capacity to foster radical new possibilities. He leads Unit 14 at the University of Johannesburg’s Graduate School of Architecture, which investigates the Rogue Economies shaping Johannesburg.
Critical Practice Seminar #4: Thandi Lowenson
In this performance, Bartlett doctoral student Thandi Loewenson will take the audience on a journey; from the fringes of the real, through the many realms of the weird and settling in a site that is decidedly tender. Through many voices, she will share how developing the story of a weird, fictional city called Mailo – through writing, drawing and performance – is enabling a community of waste pickers and the Lusaka City Council to work together towards producing a tender to manage the city dump site. Mailo is a test of the possibilities of an architectural interpretation of the literary genre of the New Weird; where politically engaged, urban, secondary world fictions are created which draw on real world models and combine elements of science fiction and fantasy.
GSA Unit 12 Reviews - 25th & 26th September
GSA Unit 12: An African Almanac holds its reviews this September, in Maboneng Johannesburg, with invited guest critic Thandi Loewenson. M2 Reviews will be held on Tuesday 25th September from 09h30-12h00 at the gAP, Museum of African Design (Maboneng), and M1 Group Tutorials will be held on Wednesday 26th September from 10h00-12h45 at Fox street Studios (280 Fox Street, Maboneng). Be sure to swing by if you're in the neighbourhood!
RIBA + Vitra Talk: Sir David Adjaye with Prof. Lesley Lokko
Professor Lesley Lokko, Head of School to the Graduate School of Architecture, will be in discussion with Sir David Adjaye to talk about his career and rise to being described by Time magazine in 2017 as one of the world’s ‘100 most influential people'. The talk will be held at RIBA (Address: 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD), @ 7pm, 19th September 2018.
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!