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Ethics in Architecture: Chapter Four Education

Ethics in Architecture: Chapter Four

In this, the fourth and final chapter on ethics in architecture, I will comment on the ethics of architectural education through a reflection on the work of final year architecture students who recently completed their exams at the Department of Architecture, at the University of Pretoria.

Ethics in Architecture: Chapter Three Education

Ethics in Architecture: Chapter Three

In this, the third chapter on ethics in architecture, I will reflect on an architect's principled way of working based on a critical attitude to the making of place and space.

Ethics in Architecture: Chapter Two Education

Ethics in Architecture: Chapter Two

In this, the second chapter on ethics in architecture, I will focus on how architects can act ethically through their respect for built heritage, by firstly minimising their impact on the environment and secondly by the creation of inspiring human centred places and spaces.

Ethics in Architecture: Chapter one Education

Ethics in Architecture: Chapter one

Until the end of this year, I will focus on ethics in architecture. Built environment designers are principally bound by their education and legally required by professional bodies to act ethically. The term ethics is derived from the Greek word ethos meaning the way that society manifests its attitudes and aspirations.

Memory in Architecture: Chapter Six Education

Memory in Architecture: Chapter Six

This, the last issue on Memory, focuses on architectural experience as witnessed by Rikus de Kock, a recent Master in Architecture (Professional) graduate from the University of Pretoria, during his recent tour of various ‘landmark’ buildings in Europe. Having experienced them intensely through curated photographs, his real-life experience would either match his expectations or disappoint. Often the way we experience buildings in our mind is more powerful, but a good building is always better in...

Memory in Architecture: Chapter Five Education

Memory in Architecture: Chapter Five

This second last issue on Memory, focuses on architecture formed from the influences of place, the experiences of an architect and a tradition of regional architectural history particularly in Pretoria. It begins by exploring regionalist architecture in South Africa during the last century and then illustrates how these principles are being applied today, using House de Villiers as an example.

Memory in Architecture: Chapter Four Education

Memory in Architecture: Chapter Four

In my opinion, successful architectural is that which recognises, builds upon and improves its traditions through the influences of function or available technologies. Copying a tradition freezes it in time and results in limited aesthetic interpretations like the ubiquitous Tuscan enclaves that surround our cities. This chapter on memory and the next, will focus on regional architectural traditions and will show how a response to climate and available materials in Pretoria after the Second...

Memory in Architecture: Chapter Three Education

Memory in Architecture: Chapter Three

For over 25 years, the Department of Architecture at the University of the Free State has acknowledged and celebrated the work of South African architects through an annual Sophia Gray exhibition and memorial lecture. In this, the third chapter on memory, I will highlight the importance of recording the work of seminal architects in South Africa and the importance that this year's laureate attaches to memory in architecture.

Memory in Architecture: Chapter Two Education

Memory in Architecture: Chapter Two

September is Heritage Month and "the theme for this year…is ‘Reclaiming, restoring and celebrating our living heritage’. On the 10th of September an historic announcement was made of a hugely important fossil find at one of our World Heritage sites, the Cradle of Humankind. The unveiling of a newly discovered species, Homo Naledi extends our knowledge of humankind and highlights the importance of our heritage. It also reminds us that we need to respect and conserve our cultural heritage for the...

Memory in Architecture: Chapter one Education

Memory in Architecture: Chapter one

In the next four chapters, I will comment on our relationship with the history of architecture. No architecture will ever be truly new as it exists as part of a continuum of thought and development over time. But it is my contention that architecture that clearly recognises its position in this continuum, produces deeply rooted solutions. These imbue a quality I have, lately, begun to recognise and describe as a relationship between familiarity and strangeness. In this chapter I will outline how...

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