SITE

How do we engage with a site, its forces and the definition thereof without access to it? How do we see it? How do we invent it? Through the collaboration with a writer and hacker, we aim to write our site into being using the virtual portal of our computers. We will through writing articulate the attributes and relational dynamics of a site and attempt to find and define it through a virtual gaze. The objective of the works is to define a Site – more specifically a Situation (set of circumstances defined upon a particular territory) that will serve the research interests.


Through the use of the written word and the varying dynamics of the architectural site, this interdisciplinary, collaborative engagement seeks to interrogate and experiment with the notion of the ‘site’ as a location (physical, digital, spiritual, or otherwise) that can be better understood, challenged, and defined through language (written, visual, or otherwise). Freewriting, play, digitality, hacking, public text, open-access ideologies, and virtual gatherings are some of the primary points of departure for this engagement.

 
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Dave Mann is a writer, arts journalist, and co-founder and publisher of the literary and visual arts journal Ja. magazine. 

With a keen interest in the act of navigating and writing about space and the built environment, Dave’s engagements with Unit 14 saw him facilitating a series of writing exercises and lectures designed to prompt further thought around the process of developing the architectural site through the medium of storytelling and the written word. 

Having arrived at Unit 14 with the intention of exploring how text occupies and influences the built environment, Dave’s focus subsequently shifted to the reciprocal relationship between narrative development, creative storytelling, and the production and abstract interpretation of the architectural site.  

Frederick Kannemeyer (b. 1994, RSA) is a candidate architect based in Johannesburg. He received a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Cape Town in 2016 and a MTech in Architectural Techn (Prof)(CW) from the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg in 2019.

My work investigates the relationship between physical space and digital space which stems from a deep commitment and interest in social justice. I am particularly interested in the intersection of the built environment with social practices and technology. My thesis work - a digital public space as a website, focuses on queer identity and architecture of new urbanism with the intent to challenge standard histories and mainstream representation of daily life.

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Unit 14 seeks to investigate Leisure. Its politics, spatiality and the kind of society it produces. In Bertrand Russell’s polemic essay – ‘In Praise of Idleness’, he draws a direct relationship between Leisure and work – arguing the nature of our work directly determines the nature of our Leisure. He further argues the powerful role Leisure plays in producing quality of life, culture and power. In South Africa our work, and by default, our Leisure is deeply politicised. Our dark history and extreme structural inequality strongly defines our urban lives and will continue to do so despite all promises of a better world. Through this reading, our distorted work, or lack thereof, comes to fundamentally define our society along lines of class, race and geography. We seek to understand how complicit architecture is in producing extractive labour mechanics and exclusive Leisure enclaves. Through the exhaustive production of Leisure, we aim to grasp new tactics of how to intervene in finding speculative alternatives to shape our social, political and spatial arrangements through Leisure.

 

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Binary

/ˈbʌɪnəri/

adjective

  1. relating to, composed of, or involving two things.

  2. relating to, using, or denoting a system of numerical notation that has 2 rather than 10 as a base.

noun

  1. the binary system of notation.

  2. something having two parts.

Choreography

/ˌkɒrɪˈɒɡrəfi/

noun

  1. is the art or practice of designing sequences of movements of physical bodies (or their depictions) in which motion, form, or both are specified.

Culture

/ˈkʌltʃə/

noun

  1. the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.

  2. the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.

  3. biology - the cultivation of bacteria, tissue cells, etc. in an artificial medium containing nutrients.

  4. the cultivation of plants.

 

verb

  1. biology - maintain (tissue cells, bacteria, etc.) in conditions suitable for growth.

Displacement

/dɪsˈpleɪsm(ə)nt/

noun

  1. the action of moving something from its place or position.

  2. the occupation by a submerged body or part of a body of a volume which would otherwise be occupied by a fluid.

  3. psychoanalysis - the unconscious transfer of an intense emotion from one object to another.

  4. physics - the component of an electric field due to free separated charges, regardless of any polarizing effects.

Incubation

/ɪŋkjʊˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/

noun

  1. the process of incubating.

 

verb – (incubating)

  1. to maintain under conditions favourable for hatching, development, or reaction.

  2. to cause or aid the development of.

Inheritance

/ɪnˈhɛrɪt(ə)ns/

noun

  1. Something that is inherited.

 

verb – (inherit)

  1. receive (money, property, or a title) as an heir at the death of the previous holder.

  2. derive (a quality, characteristic, or predisposition) genetically from one's parents or ancestors.

  3. receive or be left with (a situation, object, etc.) from a predecessor or former owner.

Language

/ˈlaŋɡwɪdʒ/

noun

  1. the method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way.

  2. a system of communication used by a particular country or community.

  3. the style of a piece of writing or speech.

Memory

/ˈmɛm(ə)ri/

noun

  1. the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information.

  2. something remembered from the past.

  3. the part of a computer in which data or programme instructions can be stored for retrieval.

Play

/pleɪ/

verb

  1. engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.

  2. take part in (a sport).

  3. be cooperative.

  4. represent (a character) in a theatrical performance or a film.

  5. perform on (a musical instrument).

  6. move lightly and quickly, so as to appear and disappear; flicker.

  7. allow (a fish) to exhaust itself pulling against a line before reeling it in.

 

noun

  1. activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation, especially by children.

  2. the conducting of a sporting match.

  3. a dramatic work for the stage or to be broadcast.

  4. the space in or through which a mechanism can or does move.

  5. light and constantly changing movement.

Ritual

/ˈrɪtʃʊəl/

noun

  1. a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.

adjective

relating to or done as a religious or solemn rite.

Resistance

/rɪˈzɪst(ə)ns/

 

noun

  1. the refusal to accept or comply with something.

  2. the ability not to be affected by something, especially adversely.

  3. the impeding or stopping effect exerted by one material thing on another.

  4. the degree to which a substance or device opposes the passage of an electric current, causing energy dissipation. By Ohm's law, resistance (measured in ohms) is equal to the voltage divided by the current.

Social

/ˈsəʊʃ(ə)l/

adjective

  1. relating to society or its organisation.

  2. needing companionship and therefore best suited to living in communities.

  3. zoology - (of a bird) gregarious; breeding or nesting in colonies

 

noun

  1. an informal social gathering, especially one organized by the members of a particular club or group.

  2. short for social security.

Surveillance

/səˈveɪl(ə)ns,səˈveɪəns/

 

noun

  1. close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal.

Temporal

/ˈtɛmp(ə)r(ə)l/

 

adjective

  1. relating to worldly as opposed to spiritual affairs; secular.

  2. relating to time – momentary.

Wormhole

/ˈwəːmhəʊl/

 

noun

  1. a hole made by a burrowing insect larva or worm in wood, fruit, books, or other materials.

  2. physics - a hypothetical connection between widely separated regions of space–time.

Unseen Forces of Displacement

Jaco Maritz

Bedtome Stories

Sarah Harding

A Bath - Metamorphosis

Azraa Gabru

Paradise Reconfigured

Jana Cloete

Chronicles of the Blanket Factory Jackson Chanje

Emplacement Festival

Jodie Winterton

Synchronicity of Seasons

Sune Shaw

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Gio Rech

Experiential Stimuli

Neetesh Ramnath

Transformative Street

Godfrey Phogole

The Aliud

Dylan Fernandes

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TRANSFORMATIVE STREET

By Godfrey Phogole (M1)

 

I will be investigating the Johannesburg city streets as a place of therapy. This is a multi-dimensional construct that allows the streets to be therapeutic by transforming, repositioning, and securing a higher quality of life through the introduction of indoor and outdoor leisure activities in the city of Johannesburg. More specifically Anderson street in New town, where there are no full-time residence and many office blocks which are only activated from 8am to 4pm. Majority of the users within this space move through this area for work purposes and leave in the afternoon. This street lacks leisure facilities where the users may distress in their daily commute and lunch breaks.

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EXPERIENTIAL STIMULI

By Neetesh Ramnath(M1)

 

The current everyday practice of the average office worker is defined by three aspects work, home, and the commute between the two. This practice of the office worker is mundane as the worker does this so often, they become immune to their surroundings and the stimuli present around them. The commute between spaces is a prime example of this. Using the Office Workers narrative of the two main destinations, the home and the office, their respective commutes are filled with advertising as stimuli meant to incentivise them to do or buy and consume; however, the regular exposure to this has rendered them immune to these tactics. This is from a lack of immersion or relatability to the stimuli being presented to them. I am interested in revealing the relationship between the tactics used to alter the chemistry of the brain, such as advertising and experiential play, and the implications these have on the spatial environment.

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Phrase Thesaurus - Integrating phrase into space

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Writing Place and Memory - One's own position and personal history

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TOTEMS.GIF

By Gio Rech (M1)

 

The project, TOTEMS.gif, looks at the wealth of unknown knowledge that we are born with. Slavoj Zizek describes this “unknown known” as the “subconscious programming — the ideology” (2008).

Our “unknown knowledge” manifests as heritage and custom, greatly defining our early behaviours and perceptions. This ideology has a way of imprinting on objects all around us and as time passes these objects become a physical record of our legacy. When we assemble these objects, they form a totem — a visual representation of one’s deep-time identity. However, these totems are not static, they are subconsciously reconfigured after encounters with the external world.

The project takes place in the Leisurescape: a mental space founded on our inherited forms of leisure and where these symbolic objects lie buried within the layers of strata.

I am investigating stories which take place during or after one moves home as this is a moment when one must shed parts of their inheritance — be it intentional or forced.

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SYNCHRONICITY TO SEASONS

By Sune Shaw (M1)

 

Synchronicity, as defined by Jung, are events of meaningful coincidence which appear to have no causal relationship but seem to be meaningfully related. In our everyday lives, we seem to have forgotten about these unique relationships which instruct the daily rituals we perform and abide to. These concepts relate to many other constructs which we no longer seem to challenge; such as time, calendars and rituals.

The preparation of a significant dish will be used as a lens to investigate the tactics and tools of synchronicity as a generator of culture and traditions. The Christian calendar, season change and the rituals in the preparation of a dish will be employed to narrate the attributes of synchronicity as site.

Translating Thought - A piece of nonsensical prose

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Phrase Thesaurus - Integrating phrase into space

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Writing Place and Memory - One's own position and personal history

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Story Arc - Seasonal synchronicity 

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CHRONICLES OF THE BLANKET FACTORY

By Jackson Chanje (M2)

 

This work seeks to theorize leisure as a form of resistance against extractive labour practices. It argues that there are leisure practices embedded in people’s everyday work lives that form ephemeral wormholes of escape. Lefebvre identifies that within the workplace their exists a social life outside the domain of labour, and this work argues that this system of leisure forms an unconscious form of resistance against the invisible perpetual loops of enslavement in which the workforce is trapped in.

The factory typology:the interdependent nature of the work environment and the efficiency of the layout creates an area of extreme productivity which is supervised by management and facilitated by labourers, though interdependent are often at odds. The workforce often has little power in the narrative, often being at the mercy of the employer. In an area of extremely extractive labour conditions, an act of idleness becomes the ultimate act of resistance. This will be explored through a series of wormholes.

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PARADISE RECONFIGURED

 

By Jana Cloete (M2)

Paradise  

“an ideal or idyllic place or state.”  Origin: Old Avastana word “pairi-daeza” meaning "an enclosure".   


Considering the Natives Land Act of 1913 as a political paradise to some and to the exclusion of many.  It has created dilating fractures in the South African landscape that have not been successfully addressed since its abolition in 1991. Paradise Reconfigured explores this issue within the urban setting and seeks to challenge the exclusionary practices of “paradises of assembly” and the domestic displacement it perpetuates.  It explores different scales of paradise from the private garden as a personal paradise and its tactics. The metaphorical “back yard” is an extension of this curated paradise and the picnic blanket is a device that both reduces and inhabits the paradise. This work aims to propose a Paradise Reconfigured where extreme tensions and histories of displacement may be reconciled.

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A BATH - METAMORPHOSIS

By Azraa Gabru(M2)

 

Architecture of moral correctness have been used to inform moral grammar through programmes of correction such as prisons, courtrooms and the holding cell. While these programmes are necessary for the enforcement of our constitution, this often leads to societies offenders being stigmatised and labelled as ‘sinners’. Similarly, when an individual’s leisure practices does not fit within the moral grammar of their community, they are perceived as and treated as offenders.

I am interested in challenging the notion of the distinct line between vice and virtue as binaries. The exactness of this line will be interrogated within my Major Design Project to propose a porous blurring between that of ‘good’ and ‘evil’. This will take the form of a subverted holding cell to challenge the stigmas attached to architectures of moral correctness as well as how this blurring allows for the suspension of violent judgement, amplifies and acknowledges more complex, contradictory and plural social contracts.

Phrase Thesaurus - Integrating phrase into space

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Translating Thought - A piece of nonsensical prose

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Writing Place and Memory - One's own position and personal history

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BEDTIME STORIES

By Sarah Harding (M2)

 

The MDP “The Transformative Nursery” speculates on subverting bed spaces into sites of radical resistance. 

 

The bed, seemingly apolitical and benign, is not a private enclave cut off from the outside world, but is powerfully shaped by the politics of power, gender and the everyday. The personal is political. 

 

In Johannesburg, a city of great structural inequality, the practices, rituals and operations of the bed become important to challenge the status quo. Using the typology of a nursery, which allows for the nurturing, rehabilitation and transformation of the ‘ill’, the project aims to test the architectural languages and responses that reconcile programmatic and ideological tensions. 

 

Using methods of installation, scripting and performance, bed spaces will become subversive architectural devices that perform various functions, in various conditions, and at various scales, in order to imagine new possibilities for spatial occupation and resistance.

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Translating Thought - A piece of nonsensical prose

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Writing Place and Memory - One's own position and personal history

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@inventoryofbedtimestories

Instagram profile documenting bed typologies

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UNSEEN FORCES OF DISPLACEMENTENT

By Jaco Maritz (M2)

 

Ndifuna Ukwazi (Cape Town activist group) criticised golf courses with the following question: “How is it that an exclusionary sports club, is paying less per year than someone living in Khayelitsha can spend in one month just on travel commuting to the inner city for work?”. People are rendered vulnerable to displacement from opportunities at the cost of another’s leisure. This particular example of displacement relates to people but there are other forms of displacement that carry very negative effects when displaced.

My interest is in seeking out different terms for harnessing these leisure ambitions within these symbiotic relationships between the parties involved. Understanding how land, spatial programs, natural resources and circulation can be used as devices to explore how competing extremes can subversively co-exist while hinged on a central leisure programme.

Translating Thought - A piece of nonsensical prose

Experimental Writing, 2020

Writing Place and Memory - One's own position and personal history

Experimental Writing, 2020

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Unit 14

Graduate School of Architecture

University of Johannesburg

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