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Lesley Lokko is an architect, academic and – somewhat incongruously – the author of ten best-selling novels. She is currently Head of School at the Graduate School of Architecture (GSA), University of Johannesburg, where she is also Professor of...
Towards the end of the 19th century, as the industrial revolution was in full throttle, buildings began to rise higher, and with the invention of the elevator in the 1850s, people were able to freely move vertically through buildings....
At first glance, we frowned in confusion, then looked away, did a double take then squinted hard as we tried to figure out if this was a painting or a photograph? - “Wow!” There is literally music coming out...
I don't have to tell you things are bad, everybody knows things are bad... This juggernaut of a film resonates now, as much as it did 45 years ago. Faye Dunaway led the way with her indubitable performance as the...
Kerry James Marshall is a contemporary artist who uses his art to challenge both the notion of traditional western painting as well as the marginalization of African Americans through history. His work depicts narratives of everyday activity frozen in...
If paintings manifested into musical extrapolations; the celebrated Simon and Garfunkel 1964 folk classic would probably the only sound required as a backdrop to any painting created by Edward Hopper. As one of the leading figures in 20th century...
Wiid Design is a Cape Town based design studio, established by Laurie Wiid van Heerden. It creates products and objects that can be seen as the interface between art and design; where materials are transformed into life enriching and durable...
Defining an architectural style in a single decade is a near impossible task, considering that some large profile projects take about that time to conceive and realise. However, the 90's were quite a special time of reflection and experimentation....
Through the different eras and styles in architecture, one that stood as a celebration of technology and innovation was the British hi-tech movement; an architectural approach spearheaded by the likes of Norman Foster and Richard Rogers. In this group...
It seems like only yesterday that we were passing out branded cards and explaining our vision for this new creative platform. Naturally we had to endure the classic neck-twist / squint-eye gesture as seemingly everyone responded, "huh?, the-front?... be? buh-front?" -...