Prof Antonio Tomas to join the GSA!
Prof António Tomás will be joining the GSA as Associate Professor/Programme Convener in May 2019. He is currently a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of MA in Southern Urbanism at the African Centre for Cities, at the University of Cape Town. His PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University was a study on Refracted Governmentality: space, politics, and social structure in contemporary Luanda. He has done extensive fieldwork research in Luanda (the capital city of Angola), focusing more specifically on the modalities of urban transformation from the city’s inception, during the Portuguese rule to postcolonial times. The main findings of these research projects are at the centre of his forthcoming book, In the skin of city: Luanda or the dialectics of spatial transformation (under contract with Duke University Press). He authored a biography of the Guinéa-Bissau-born nationalist Amílcar Cabral, with the title Amílcar Cabral: O Fazedor de Utopias, published in Portugal (Lisboa: Tinta-da-China, 2008) and in Cape Verde (Praia, Spleen 2009). He is now working on an updated English version to be published in 2019 by Hurst, in London, under the title Amílcar Cabral: the life of a reluctant nationalist. Tomás has worked in various capacities in institutions of higher education such as École Superieure des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Sciences Po, both in France, Makerere University and Stellenbosch University, in Uganda and South Africa. He is currently the recipient of two residential fellowships at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) and at the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) where, among other things, he will be working on turning his book, In the Skin of the City, into an architectural exhibition on Luanda. As Associate Professor/Programme Convener Prof Tomás will be responsible for shaping, managing and delivering a cutting-edge programme suited to the inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary context of African architecture and urbanism. He will also supervise students enrolled in the faculty-wide PhD in Art & Design (with a specialisation in architecture or urbanism). In addition, he will assist with history and theory teaching for M1 and will act as critic and reviewer for the Design Units in the same programme. Text by Leslé Ince-Garcia
Politics of Architecture Call for Papers!
The Politics of Architecture in Africa Workshop at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) organised in collaboration with the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS University of London and the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg. ---------------------------------------------------------- Click on this post for more information about the call to participate!
GSA-BOOGERTMAN+PARTNERS ILS # 4 - OLALEKAN JEYIFOUS
Olalekan Jeyifous is a Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist and designer. He creates “architectural follies” from bits and pieces of the cities he knows and loves. He received a BArch from Cornell University and is a visual artist whose work has been exhibited at venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, the MoMA, the Vitra Design Museum and the Guggenheim in Bilbao. He has recently completed artist residencies with the Headlands Center for the Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions program, and he was a Wilder Green Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. In addition to his extensive exhibition history, he has spent over a decade creating large-scale artwork for a variety of public spaces. He created award-winning installations for Starbucks located in the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn and their Flagship store located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighbourhood. Most recently, he has completed commissions for the Durham SmART Vision Plan, a 50ft-tall sculpture for the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and 4 large sculptures for Public Square in downtown Cleveland, OH.
Kate Otten announced as GSA External Examiner for 2019!
This year, the GSA is proud to host a series of prolific local and international architects, practitioners and thinkers for the school's external examinations to be held in November. Kate Otten joins the list - an acclaimed South African architect having completed 160 buildings, some of which include the Women's Gaol at Constitution Hill, Tembisa Community Library, the Centre for Experiential Learning in Booysens, and the recently completed Law on Keyes in Rosebank. Read about Kate's spatial sensitivity, craft and transformative intent in the recent feature in Visi's February/ March Issue - click here for more details!
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.”
REM: A FILM BY TOMAS KOOLHAAS - SECOND SCREENING
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.