Vision of a Future African City

Architectural students were challenged ­to imagine an African Future City in the annual Murray & Roberts Des Baker Competition.

The Employment Equity Act – Where to From Here?

Employment Equity (EE) was legislated as a way to redress the inequalities in the South African economy. Solly Moeng asks experts if there’s a smarter way to reverse the disparities in employment experienced by the designated group.

Job Losses in the Mining Sector

Phakamisa Ndzamela investigates whether the mining industry is unstable, unproductive and unprofitable. Numerous scandals have made the public weary of parastatal companies, but success stories do exist.

Radical Pedagogies: Global Education and Upheaval

Ilze Wolff takes the opportunity to discuss the Radical Pedagogies project with Beatriz Colomina – a highly acclaimed architectural theorist and professor at Princeton University. Colomina recently presented her work at the annual Architecture ZA conference in Johannesburg.

The New BEE Codes – What’s the Fuss?

Dumile Sibindana looks at whether further tweaks to the Codes of Good Practice will make B-BBEE more successful now than with previous attempts.

Next Generation

Two architecture students recently got a boost to further their careers with the annual Architectural Design Scholarship Award Africa, from practice Boogertman + Partners.

Shaping a New Generation of Leaders

Koko Khumalo and Bonang Mohale discuss the ambitions of the BMF. They believe, as an organisation, it’s important to be in line with new business trends and incorporate them into decision-making processes.

Is Socio-Economic Transformation Really Possible?

Solly Moeng unpacks the Black Industrialist Programme and explores whether it is realistic and achievable.

Making Design Ideas Real

Johan Swart, Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria, discusses whether practical ‘making’-experience should form a part of architectural curriculum. Through a recent collaborative workshop hosted by University of Pretoria’s Architecture Department and RAW Studios, Swart reflects on the benefits of such exposure.

A Risky Business

Lesley Lokko, head of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, urges for transformation to take place within tertiary institutions.