By Dr Coetzer Nicholas
Through a selected architectural lens, this e-book exposes the position the British Empire performed within the improvement of apartheid. via connection with formerly unexamined archival fabric, the e-book uncovers a myriad of mechanisms in which Empire laid the rules onto which the edifice of apartheid was once outfitted. It reveals the numerous position British architects and British architectural principles performed in facilitating white dominance and racial segregation in pre-apartheid Cape city. to accomplish this, the booklet follows the progenitor of the backyard urban flow, Ebenezer Howard, in its tripartite constitution of Country/Town/Suburb, acknowledging the backyard urban Movement's dominance on the Cape on the time. This tripartite constitution additionally offers an important fit to postcolonial schemas of Self/Other/Same which underpin the 3 components to the e-book. a lot is owed to Edward Said's discourse-analytical procedure in Orientalism - and the paintings of Homi Bhabha - within the definition and interpretation of archival fabric. This fabric levels throughout written and visible representations in journals and newspapers, via exhibitions and occasions, to legislative acts, in addition to the physicality of a number of the architectural items studied. The e-book concludes via drawing cognizance to the ideological efficiency of structure which has a tendency to be veiled extra so via its ubiquitous presence and in doing so, it provides not just a narrative extraordinary to Imperial Cape city, yet one inherent to structure extra largely. The concluding bankruptcy additionally presents a well timed reflect for the machinations at present at play in developing a 'post-apartheid' structure and urbanity within the 'new' South Africa.
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