This investigation looks into creating a resilient public building within a political continuum which can remain
contextually relevant to multiple cultures and civic contexts that are in a constant state of change.
The project is considered within the political context of Agonistic Purism, which regards consensus as a temporary
order of domination. In this regard, any consensus may be challenged by another conflicting notion. Nothing can
be regarded as permanent, but rather in a state of temporary hegemony.
Architecture is permanent in relation to rapidly adapting societal life in the city. In Pretoria specifically, Buildings
do not have the ability to accommodate a constantly changing society, further becoming irrelevant within its
The proposed design serves as a backdrop to facilitate the temporary sociological order of domination in Pretoria.
Continued contested public claim to the building through multiple users, groups, and event scenarios require it to
be functionally, culturally and systemically adaptable in the manner it can facilitate whatever it may be required to.
The design attempts to create a permanent structure that can facilitate every individual and accommodate rapid
change in an attempt to be a democratic, however, contested built form.
Challenging the perception of built structure as private space in Pretoria, the building acts as an inclusive internal
Mini Dissertation (MArch (Prof))--University of Pretoria, 2017.