Space and Transformation – Architecture in an age of radical transformations

mandela_poster2015_A3printOn thursday November 12th, at 20h00 (location: Aula, Volderstraat 9, 9000 Gent), prof. Iain Low from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, will give a lecture with the title “SPACE AND TRANSFORMATION. ARCHITECTURE IN AN AGE OF RADICAL TRANSFORMATION”. This lecture forms part of the Mandela Lecture Series, an initiative of Ghent University, in collaboration with the embassy of South Africa, the Ghent Afrika Platform, and VLIR-UOS. This year’s edition is supported by the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning of UGent. The speaker will be introduced by prof. Johan Lagae.

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Space and Transformation – Architecture in an age of radical transformations The coincidence of globalisation with the political shift in South Africa at the end of the last century has informed and reinforced societal change with a range of contested outcomes. As the physical manifestation of any set of power relations, space and its transformation have become important measures of this change. Demanding new forms of engagement, teaching and practice have become challenged to respond in creative ways to meet the needs of a severely damaged society. Given the gravitas of the colonial project, this is proving to be a project confronted by significant resistance. This lecture will attempt to locate the productive dimensions of this change within the context of Mandela’s legacy. Reflecting on the complexity and contradictions of the post-apartheid era, it will attempt to identify constructive transformation and its challenges within the context of two decades of democratic governance.

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