Africa's building traditions are under threat. There is a real need to subject them to rigorous scientific investigation to support conservation and explore indigenous knowledge systems. But the taxonomy is
still immature and the analytical criteria Eurocentric. In addition, the education of architects generally limits their involvement to measured drawings and does not equip them with suitable interpretive skills in this field. This report attempts to contribute to the issue of appropriate methodologies by reviewing three constituent elements: theory, literature and fieldwork. These are discussed in terms of sources and
methodologies exposed to while studying the Swahili and Arab architecture of the East African Coast and during appurtenant excursions to Kenya and Tanzania. The report does not suggest a strict methodologist approach and it is emphasized that research must be interdisciplinary. It does recommend, however, that further work on typology would allow architects to trace the evolution of traditional architecture and anticipate future development. This would be a unique contribution.
Coetzee, Anton(Art Historical Work Group of South Africa, 2002)
This article is about the second semester of a new course that was first offered at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2000, namely Architectural Discourse. In this course the history and theory of architecture in ...
Olivier, Bert(Art Historical Work Group of South Africa, 2003)
This article addresses important insights concerning architecture on the part of the philosopher Karsten Harries, as well as issues raised by various contributors in a recent book on the aftermath of the September 11 attacks ...
The purpose of this paper is to plead for the revival in the laying out and designing of our cities
and buildings of those principles of largeness of conception, restraint, and subordination of detail to
a central idea ...