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Edifice of Illumination

A Manuscript

Tasmiya Chandlay

BArch Hons 2022

Unit Leader: Tuliza Sindi
Unit Assistant: Tshwanelo Kubayi
Unit Assistant: Miliswa Ndziba

Unsettling Ground: Beyond the Terra Nullius
Edifice of Illumination works to uncover/unsettle how institutionalising spaces mould us at both the scales of the individual and of society, and how bureaucratisation operates as a tool of erasure, rescripting, and systematic reprogramming.

The focus of the research is rooted in the institutionalisation process of the British settlement town of Makhanda (formerly known as Grahamstown). The study investigates the significant role of the religious institutions of churches, cathedrals, and mission schools in the mission of conquest. Its practices worked to override existing indigenous spatial and cultural infrastructures to assimilate indigenous groups into British cultural and religious practices as a hegemony. With the prime conversion device being that of Christianity, the establishment of British civic and religious infrastructures functioned to allow forms of British cultural frameworks to be instituted and spatially enforced.

The work proposes an illuminated manuscript as a provocation of extended ways that drawing a building and building a drawing in architectural representation could be explored, as it offers a medium – through prayers, parables, symbolism, image-making, and composition – through which the ideology of spatial institutions can be more accurately blueprinted.

Institutionalisation, Legitimation, Other, Imposter, Representational Space, Edifice, Parable

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