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ItemFor Us(Witwatersrand University Architecture School, 1962) Jones, Patrick (ed)This exhibition is an expression of our search for a way in which we can, with conviction, face a situation deprived of a centre and a living purpose. In the buildings presented in this exhibition we find the evidence of a way of building that has not lost contact with the basic facts and mysteries of daily life.....The exhibition was more a poslng of a question than a formulatlon of a new vernacular. ItemClinic Building(Self published, 1980-01) Nimpuno, KrisnoThe objective of constructing low cost health buildings is not simply to build cheaply, but rather to construct fully adequate facilities for the lowest possible cost; or, in other words, to achieve a maximum health care capacity from each invested dollar. This may seem to be a very superficial remark, but there are in reality staggering differences in costs between hospitals of equal capacity within almost each of the LDCs, which give us ample reason for questioning the present practice. Does anyone really, helieve that ,medical €are .is ten times more effective in a ten times costlier hospital bed? Does anybody believe that a reasonable hospital bed/population ratio can be achieved with high rise, air conditioned hospitals in countries with a GNP/Capital of less than $500:- per annum? The answer is naturally no. Nobody believes that. But why do governments and technical assistance agencies build such costly facilities? The answer is that the elites taking those decisions are not sincere in their proclaimed efforts to provide equal care for the whole nation. ItemMetropolis; architectural students congress(Architectural Students Congress Committee, 1986-04) Elk, Clifford (ed) et alWe are of Africa, and have been misguided and mislead into thinking that our cultural and architectural aspirations should coincide with other Western Nations of the world, best demonstrated by not only the content of our education but also by the state of the architectural profession. This is precisely the stand that the congress took, being highly critical of the imagery and ideas imported per se, while attempting to redress the question of relevancy, symbolism and meaning of architecture in South Africa today, the role that the architect plays and how our education currently fashions our perception. ItemThe Invisible Hand of the Family in the Underdevelopment of Africa Societies: An African Perspective(Scholarly Papers Series - 1, 2000) Sihlongonyane, MfaniseniThe main thrust of the argument in this paper is that underdevelopment of African countries lies with the differences between the Eurocentric and African values. As Eurocentric values informs the development paradigm and planning models in African societies, the models of development have become conformist depriving African societies of self-reliance and self-determinism. The result has been dependence and underdevelopment of African societies through exploitation on the basis of cultural deprivation. Therefore, the dependence and underdevelopment of African societies is a function of the marginalisation and undermining of African values to an extent that underdevelopment of the African societies becomes a function of capital penetration and affluence through unfavourable division of labour, trade and exchange systems that are informed by world dominating values which are inimical to African values. ItemTrust Buildings(2011-07-25) UnkownCorner Loveday and Fox Streets, this building combined a double-storeyed cast iron verandah with upper floors in brick treatment. Other features are the domed tower, and flanking psuedo-Renaissance cum Mediaeval gables. Building originally housed the premises of the South African investment and Trust company, and the Southern Life assurance Company. 1897. Image 85. ItemInterior of the Victorian Shop (Harris & Co.)(2011-07-25) UnkownThe elaborate interior of Harris & Co. the Jewllers and Silversmiths, who were situated in a building in commissioner Street. The bric-a-brac cluttering up this interior is similar to that found in the Victorian home. Image 706. ItemGeneral Mining and Finance Building(2011-07-25) UnkownCorner Marshall and Hollard Streets. Formerly the United Engineering Company. A fantasy in stone-a most grandiose building, with elaborate detailing culminating in the picturesque. Features are the central semi-circular gables, small triangular pedimented gables on each side of the slender, domed tower. 1903. Image 82. ItemResidence in Parktown(2011-07-25) UnkownResidence in Parktown, 1902. A good example of the late Victorian house, built on a large scale in south Africa, from 1890 to 1905. Foundations and plinths are of stone, while red brick was contrasted with white wooden werandah pillars and parapet railings in stock geometric patterns. Other features include sliding sash windows, these being crowned with finials.