The modern movement architecture of four South African cities

Fisher, Roger, Le Roux, Hannah, Murray, Noeleen, & Sanders, Paul S. (2003) The modern movement architecture of four South African cities. DOCOMOMO, pp. 68-75.

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Abstract

South Africa's modern architecture is not confined to the cities, but the ideas of the movement were mostly disseminated by architects and academics in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town, its four major urban centres. The lay out of significant areas of each city was also influenced by international modernist plans. In outlining the achievements and innovative designs of architects in these cities between the 1930s and 1970s, this article draws a picture of the importance of modernism in South African urban space, and of its diversity. It also draws attention to the political nature of the South African landscape and space, where modernist design was used for racial purposes, and to past and present conservation ideologies. The second part of the article concerns the conservation of modern buildings in these centres; it quotes bibliographies and lists the registers, those existing or under construction. It concludes with an overview of the conservation legislation in place and the challenges of conservation in a context of changing cultural values.

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ID Code: 32990
Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1380-3204
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 DOCOMOMO International
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2010 21:37
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 16:24

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