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    Niel Fraser archival collection
    Niel Fraser Archival Collection
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    The John Moffat building: a conservation report
    (School of Architecture, University of Witwatersrand, 2014-03) Keeling, Candice; Keeling, Candice
    The John Moffat Building was built for the Departments of Architecture, Town and Regional Planning, Quantity Surveying, and Fine Arts in 1957. As a bespoke design, done collaboratively with the Architecture Department, it was quietly successful in meeting the needs of these disciplines and their users at the time. Over nearly 60 years it has been changed in ad-hoc additions and two new adjacent wings, and the users have altered in their organisation and numbers. Regarding tenants, the now-School of Architecture and Planning has been motivating for an overhaul of the entire precinct. This follows a design completion for the new School of Construction Economics and Management building which included some schematic ideas for refurbishing John Moffat Building. These designs raised concern that the building was not being given adequate protection as heritage (just missing the automatic protection provided by the National Heritage Resources Act of 1999 reached at the age of 60 years) and vulnerable to damage by consultants and internal contractors without adequate expertise in the restoration of modernist architectural heritage. This concern is because members of the School recognize the seminal importance of the building as Modern Movement design. This report is intended as a discussion document that will be used to establish guidelines for any future changes affecting the building. It highlights the areas and finishes needing immediate attention. It may also give insights into how restoration can be adapted in a contemporary approach that is aligned with the original, synthetic vision of the original team of architects.
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    For 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.
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    Clinic Building
    (Self published, 1980-01) Nimpuno, Krisno
    The 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.
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    Metropolis; architectural students congress
    (Architectural Students Congress Committee, 1986-04) Elk, Clifford (ed) et al
    We 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.