The Book Lounge

Coordinated by Durban’s oldest independent bookstore, Adams Books, the UIA2014 Book Lounge offers a comfortable space for relaxing, socialising, reading and browsing. A variety of books and ‘otherwhere’ art selected through the fringe projects, big-name and independent publishers will be available for purchase. Titles included cover the fields of architecture; history; socio-politics; art and books directly relevant to the congress themes. Listed below are titles selected through the fringe projects:

Building Durban

If you thought the design of living and working spaces were topics for a select few, think again. BUILDING DURBAN exists to show just how architecture and the professionals behind it have the same interests and concerns as the so called ordinary people affected by it. From a specialist in the built environment field to a student aspiring to become one, readers of all backgrounds can look forward to a variety of OTHER information from this freely available publication. Each page of this publication offers more than just beautifully crafted words and stimulating imagery but opens up OTHER experiences into the lives of the people who make the city of Durban. Prepare for an insightful and inspiring read like no OTHER.

Architecture and the Urban Environment: Holistic Design

Architecture and the Urban Environment: Holistic Design aims to set the compass towards a responsive value system where all-encompassing ‘holism’ is key. The philosophical approach realigns contemporary aesthetic trends and historical precedents with the dynamics of rapidly urbanising communities. Architectural form and imagery, technological advances and resource economics are synthesised from which ‘greener’ architecture could evolve. Thomas' first book, A Vision for the New Age, distributed worldwide by the Architectural Press UK in 2002, focussed on the cultural milieu of the new millenium. Thomas studied at the architectural schools of Witwatersrand University and the Oxford School (Brookes University) and holds a masters degree in environmental science from the University of Cape Town.

Architectural Guide South Africa

This guide is a celebration of the works of professional architects in three South African metropolitan centres, namely Cape Town, Durban and the Johannesburg/Pretoria Axis. Authored by Roger C. Fisher and Nicholas J. Clarke, the content ranges from the early years of European settlement, where architects were trained by the military schools of engineering, through the period of apprenticeship either to a recognised practicing architect or in public works, to the twentieth century and beyond, where architects were regulated as professionals by legislation, as was their education. The projects selected are all secular, being either in the public domain or eye, and therefore readily accessible. This guide is structured along main themes, each historically located. Each episode or project type featured is highlighted by a representative from each metropolitan centre, each being discussed in broader detail alongside similar contemporaneous local examples. In total the guide features over a hundred-and-fifty projects with all salient information as to their dates of construction, designers and locality (by way of QR codes).

Phansi Museum Publications

Publication of architectural and related material of interest to delagates

Between urban and rural, socially active ecosystems

A book on Early Childhood Development centres in Rwanda where 9 variations on a prototype, at different stages of construction and operation, are inserted in rural villages across the country. Carefully integrated within the physical and cultural landscape of the country, they act as material and systemic ecosystems balancing the relationship between communities and their surroundings.

Architectural Conservation in South Africa since 1994

This book traces the development of theory and practice in the country since 1994. Dramatic changes in legislation followed and South Africa’s isolation ended. This manifested in a far more sophisticated and inclusive conservation ethic, with many sites around South Africa bearing powerful demonstration of this journey. The work of 65 practices and 112 projects demonstrate the tremendous skills required by an architect dealing with conservation. Projects range from the restoration of the Castle in Cape Town, to contemporary infill buildings, heritage inventories and the modest conservation of houses at a Moravian Mission Station (with labour trained on site). South Africa offers possibly the most complicated postcolonial context one might imagine, more so than any even Australia or the United States.