In this, the fourth and final chapter on ethics in architecture, I will comment on the ethics of architectural education through a reflection on the work of final year architecture students who recently completed their exams at the Department of Architecture, at the University of Pretoria.
In this, the third chapter on ethics in architecture, I will reflect on an architect's principled way of working based on a critical attitude to the making of place and space.
In this, the second chapter on ethics in architecture, I will focus on how architects can act ethically through their respect for built heritage, by firstly minimising their impact on the environment and secondly by the creation of inspiring human centred places and spaces.
Until the end of this year, I will focus on ethics in architecture. Built environment designers are principally bound by their education and legally required by professional bodies to act ethically. The term ethics is derived from the Greek word ethos meaning the way that society manifests its attitudes and aspirations.
This, the last issue on Memory, focuses on architectural experience as witnessed by Rikus de Kock, a recent Master in Architecture (Professional) graduate from the University of Pretoria, during his recent tour of various ‘landmark’ buildings in Europe. Having experienced them intensely through curated photographs, his real-life experience would either match his expectations or disappoint. Often the way we experience buildings in our mind is more powerful, but a good building is always better in...
With little intervention to the spatial layout and the existing roof structure, an ordinary suburban house has been converted into a spectacular living-space.
This second last issue on Memory, focuses on architecture formed from the influences of place, the experiences of an architect and a tradition of regional architectural history particularly in Pretoria. It begins by exploring regionalist architecture in South Africa during the last century and then illustrates how these principles are being applied today, using House de Villiers as an example.
Located in Mooikloof Residential estate where a large variety of different architectural styles have proliferated such as Boere Spaans, Variant of Tuscan Architecture, and Neo Classical and Neo Baroque Styles. To their credit the clients, a young professional couple, requested a natural and earthbound expression of dwelling rather than a self-conscious reference to style or Modern Formalism.
The Brief was to create a spectacular home which encapsulated the expansive 360 degree mountain and sea views. Though views out were paramount this needed to be carefully balanced with the required privacy from within. The living areas were to be open plan – enhancing everyday life. “The architecture needed focus on creating a contemporary, uncluttered and sculptural building,” said Tamaryn Fourie, senior associate and project team member.
In my opinion, successful architectural is that which recognises, builds upon and improves its traditions through the influences of function or available technologies. Copying a tradition freezes it in time and results in limited aesthetic interpretations like the ubiquitous Tuscan enclaves that surround our cities. This chapter on memory and the next, will focus on regional architectural traditions and will show how a response to climate and available materials in Pretoria after the Second...