A Political !eatre, !ink Tank and School of Representation at the Union Buildings is created in response to
questions regarding identity, authenticity and authority within post-1994 South African Architecture. !e design
is investigated by means of a journey through power, the urban and the memory of architecture. Autonomy
is proposed as a more appropriate means of representing power constructions than the often-quoted riposte
of transparency. !e project of the Italian Rationalists is remembered and through it, the productive repetition,
that is an inherent aspect of typological design, is harnessed in order to return power to form. All form is situated
within a process of eternal return, and defamiliarisation is utilised as a strategy to ask questions about and
through architecture. !e interface between land and building is cast in a hierarchical role, where architecture
becomes a mask to the landscape as an analogy for the political mask and the various guises assumed in the
representation of identities, both personal and architectural.
Mini Dissertation (MArch(Prof))--University of Pretoria, 2016.