News 26 Feb 2019
Prof Lokko to talk at the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Conference 2019!

The first tranche of speakers has been announced for the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Conference, which will take place in Melbourne from 20 to 22 June. The speakers announced so far are: Lesley Lokko – University of Johannesburg, South Africa Emanuel Admassu – AD-WO, USA Marina Otero Verzier – Het Nieuwe Instituut, Netherlands Marcos Rosello – aLL Design, UK Jen Wood – AD-WO, USA Sarah Lynn Rees – JCB, Australia Jeremy McLeod – Breathe Architecture, Australia Olivia Hyde – Acting Government Architect NSW, Australia Farzin Lotfi-Jam – Farzin Farzin, Australia Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran – Decolonized Design Australia, Australia Laura Harding – Hill Thalis, Australia Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright – Baracco and Wright Genevieve Murray – Future Method, Australia Joel Sherwood-Spring – Future Method, Australia Libby Porter – RMIT University, Australia Scott Fry – Loving Earth, Australia Cecille Weldon – Centre for Liveability Real Estate Australia. Prof Lesley Lokko is Director at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. An architect, academic and author of ten best-selling novels, Lokko is an “on-going contributor to discourses around identity, race, African urbanism and the speculative nature of African architectural space and practice for nearly thirty years.”

News 21 Feb 2019

Architecture is usually filmed from the outside, as an inanimate object. The few depictions of interiors are usually limited to still or static images of an empty building, reducing it to no more than an icon or sculpture. ‘rem’ uses an unconventional approach by combining the human stories and experience of both the architect and the users of his architecture. The film explores rem’s life, working methods, philosophy and internal landscape, from a never seen perspective of intimacy and immediacy. The result is having the feeling of being ‘inside’ his head. This perspective allows the viewer to understand rem’s ideas in a way they couldn’t otherwise. These ideas are not merely explained as intellectual concepts but the viewer also sees these ideas in practice -the reality on the ground. They see how these ideas come to fruition in concrete and metal. The film shows how these structures, some massive and some small -dotted all around the globe- affect every aspect of the lives of the people that build them, use them and live inside them.

News 14 Feb 2019

GSA Main, FADA Auditorium, Bunting Road Campus, University of Johannesburg. Wine Bar: 18h00 Welcome Note & Talk: 18:30 – 19:15 Q & A: 19:15 – 19:45 #happeningatthegsa DK Osseo-Asare is co-founding principal of trans-national architecture and integrated design studio Low Design Office (LOWDO), based in Austin, Texas and Tema, Ghana; co-founder of pan-African open tech initiative Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP); and Assistant Professor of Architecture and Engineering Design at Penn State University, where he runs the Humanitarian Materials Lab and serves as Associate Director of Penn State’s Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Design with Africa. DK led strategic and urban design initiatives for Koumbi City and Anam City, new town projects in Ghana and Nigeria, and his design research spans humanitarian materials, design innovation, open-source urbanism, digital fabrication and architecture robots — exploring how optimised materials assemblies can transform lives and drive radical resilience through buildings, landscapes, cities, objects and digital tools. He is a TED Global Fellow, Africa 4 Tech Digital Champion in EdTech and received A.B. in Engineering Design and M.Arch. degrees from Harvard University.

News 11 Feb 2019

BBC 4 has just released a 14-minute radio interview on the acclaimed architect, Sir David Adjaye. Listen to the full interview which features Mark Coles in conversation with the artist Chris Ofili, Adjaye's family, President Barack Obama and Prof Lesley Lokko. The full interview can be heard at The Design Museum in London has launched an exhibition examining the role of monuments and memorials in the 21st century, and it features seven projects by the British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye, including a glimpse of some that have yet to be built. The exhibition called Making Memory sets out to show that contemporary monuments are no longer “static” objects – such as plaques, statues or neo-classical sculptures – but dynamic and complex spaces created to serve a wider purpose. Exemplifying that idea will be projects by Adjaye such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, the new National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra and the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London. “The monument is no longer a representation, it is an experience of time and place that is available to everyone,” said Adjaye. “Whether it’s for a nation, a race, a community, or a person, it is really used as a device to talk about the many things facing people across the planet.” The show offers a visual survey of monuments and memorials throughout history, beginning with the Acropolis of Athens (447 BC) and continuing through to the 2018 Millicent Fawcett statue by Gillian Wearing in London. Prof Lesley Lokko and Dean Federico Freschi attended the opening on 3 February.

News 06 Feb 2019
EXTRAS Architecture + Film: White Material

Join us for the first EXTRAS Architecture + Film feature for 2019 on Wednesday 13th Feb, at 17h00 at GSA Metro Braamfontein. Claire Dénis has always been a poet of mood and moment, and here succeeds in linking these skills to the creation of a story with oppressive tension and atmosphere. White Material could be her best film since Beau Travail: a disturbing piece of work whose power and grip increase, almost imperceptibly, as the film progresses to its awful and inevitable conclusion. Isabelle Huppert plays Maria Vial, a coffee farmer in an unnamed Francophone African state which is in meltdown. There is lawlessness on the streets and, as in Rwanda, radio DJs pour out inflammatory broadcasts. The colonial whites are being blamed. Every day is more dangerous for Maria, but she stubbornly refuses to leave, perhaps because she cannot imagine a life back in France, perhaps because decades of facing down quasi-insurrectionary threats from the workforce have left her unable to distinguish this grave crisis from all the other temporary mutinies.

News 05 Feb 2019
GSA-Boogertman+Partners ILS # 2 - Big Time

In the trailer for a new documentary starring Bjarke Ingels, the Danish architect and founder of BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), has revealed the anxiety and pressure he feels to create ‘extraordinary’ architecture. Titled BIG Time, the feature-length documentary follows the 42-year-old architect from boardroom to building site as he visits some of the firm's in-construction projects. It also takes in his Via 57 West ‘courtscraper’ in New York, and his Mountain Dwellings housing and Danish Maritime Museum in Copenhagen. ‘To see abstract ideas become concrete reality is what it's all about,’ says Ingels. ‘We want to give to the world something it has not yet seen, and therefore does not fit into any of the boxes.’

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