Universities are social institutions functioning as negotiating forces at the intersection of localities and people (Taylor & Luter 2013:16). The current fence surrounding the University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus spatially express a knowledge environment that is isolated and inward-looking even though relationships exist between the community of Mamelodi and the institution.
This dissertation investigates the architectural manifestation required, to facilitate the spatial establishment of the university as anchor institution within a university campus setting, in South Africa.
Through an historical review of campus architecture and planning, an understanding is gained of the development of the current system of thought that is associated with the exclusivity of the institution. The insularity of current campus architecture has allowed for seclusion within the knowledge environment.
The paradigm of current new campus design and architecture, within South Africa, are analysed as possible informants to design these relevant facilities.
The edge of the University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus is the focus of this dissertation where a new boundary condition is proposed. Jan Gehl (2014) states that the edge where building meets street, is one of the most important places to be in the city.
Service learning is investigated as a means to facilitate the exchange of knowledge to not only contribute to the communities surrounding universities, but add to the research and relevance of our institutions, within the urban environment. The exchange of knowledge can become a bridge between town and gown. Through a comprehension of the spatial requirements of such a facility, architecture can contribute to the accessibility, legibility and transparency of the institution.
Mini Dissertation (MArch (Prof))--University of Pretoria, 2018.