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Iculo Lethemba (A Song of Hope)

Song as place. Njokwe, N. Unit 15X. 2021.
Song as place. Njokwe, N. Unit 15X. 2021.

Swelihle Njokwe

MArch 2021

Unit Leader: Dr Finzi Saidi
Unit Leader: Jabu Makhubu
Unit Tutor: Dickson Adu-Agyei
Unit Tutor: Mathebe Aphane
Unit Assistant: Nomalanga Mahlangu

UNIT 15X︎︎︎
Toxic [Urban] Landscapes
Johannesburg is characterised by a unique urban fabric due to historical mining activities and the legacy of apartheid spatial planning which continues to be prevalent (Powel, 1998). The study investigates the spatial implications that have emerged in the hostel typology which was as key strategy of Apartheid planning to house labourers (mostly males) for the mining industries. This study evaluates and uses George Goch Street as well as the cluster of hostels to speculate on an urban design proposal that aims to change the dominant negative perception of the area.

This is investigated and explored in three consecutive levels: historical and musical research; postulation of compositional tools; and a built form exemplifying the proposed synthesis. The major tool employed within these levels is the scoring of music. The first level hunts through into spatial and musical theory, existing architectural typology for this topic, and usage of case studies of architectural work. These are documented with the purpose of deconstructing music and deriving elements of composition to apply into architecture. The second level of investigation seeks to develop a design methodology that includes the elements of composition of music into architecture. The third level of investigation uses these tools to design a landscape/framework that is to rehabilitate the site, change its dominant narrative and inspire a song of hope.

Hope, Deconstructing, Rehabilitate

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