The discourse fuses philosophy and architecture through the application of the six concepts of contemporary architecture as identified by Bernard Tschumi. The six concepts are used as the topic for six chapters of this discourse: Technologies of defamiliarisation Events: the turning point Crossprogramming Superimposition The mediated metropolitan shock De-structuring The discourse is a journey of establishing an unfamiliar solution within the intended precinct for the 2010 World Cup Soccer development, in the City of Tshwane. At each level, the study is a critical assessment of the development strategy. Interrogating the quiet, comforting solutions of the conventional community. The purpose of the approach is to ensure that the precinct development is successful at advancing society, through the creation of new infrastructure facilities towards the north and establishing a corridor of development towards the city center. The development precinct faces numerous challenges. The greatest is that of having no built context on which to reflect. A diagrammatic context is stipulated by using the guidelines for the real life framework of the 2010 soccer development. The diagram is then enriched by using precedent studies. Ultimately, the discourse aims at creating a language for the project. The building is to contain these clues in order to establish a context for the next generation of buildings. The language of the building is informed by the study of numerous precedents and more specifically the radical tectonic. The priority given to space and events is enriched by a reconsideration of the constructional and structural modes by which it is achieved. The expressive potential of the building becomes increasingly important. The project is about facilitating the development of sport. The scope of the facilities include an administration building that hosts the formal events, a centre for the rehabilitation of sports related injuries and a centre for the performance of sport. The development is different from other sporting developments, as it is promoting a healthy lifestyle for all. The facilities use the sports grounds as an extension of its programme, and as public space to integrate the sports related developments into the community and the surrounding urban fabric.
Dissertation (MArch (Prof))--University of Pretoria, 2007.