The Five Themes of Local Architecture with Arthur Barker


by Arthur Barker

Architect and academic Arthur Barker of the University of Pretoria believes there is a way of thinking about architecture in this country, that says something particular about South African architecture. To explore this notion, he identified five themes which strongly inform local architecture, namely identity, legacy, memory, security and ethics.

In this video, Barker introduces essays  he has written on South African architectural identity - personal, academic, and iconic identity for FutureSpaces. He discusses how some architects are able to integrate their personal identity with that of other cultures or contexts, how students at universities are producing designs based on a mature understanding of societal issues, and how iconic architecture serves little purpose unless it is related to the place and context in which it is built.