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Wed, 20 Jul



Heritage Guest Lecture

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Heritage Guest Lecture
Heritage Guest Lecture

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20 Jul 2022, 16:30


About the event

RSA365 – perspectives on a personal survey of the South African built environment

When Shaun Gaylard set himself the challenge of drawing a South African building every day, he did not expect this daily meditation to inspire and delight so many, and ultimately result in a collection of 365 drawings that have been described as a valuable historical marker of the South African urban landscape.

When the possibility of publishing the drawings in a book was considered, Brett McDougall felt that it was important that the result be more than a collection of beautiful drawings, and provide insights into why and how the South African built environment developed in the way it did.

They will be exploring some key themes that emerged from the process in developing RSA365, including:

The massive impact on Colonialism. A survey of the built environment of South Africa, by necessity, can cover only what exists, and the sad reality of colonial conquest is that precious little prior to the 17th century remains.

Technology and Culture. Architecture is a product of Technology and Culture. Technology defines what is possible, and Culture defines what is desirable.

Isolation and Connection. The architecture of South Africa is, paradoxically, a product of its geographic isolation and its importance as a connector between East and West.

Join them in exploring South Africa’s rich and fascinating built environment on 20 July 2022.

About Shaun

Shaun Gaylard has been practising as an architect since 2009 and, in parallel to his career, has explored his passion for drawing by illustrating and documenting local and international buildings. In 2013 he started Blank Ink Design, and through it has produced a number of celebrated architectural city guides.

About Brett

In parallel to a successful corporate career, Brett McDougall has explored his passion for built heritage in the work he has done with the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. He has most recently led the restoration of Hilson Bridge (Johannesburg’s oldest suburban bridge) and the Orange Grove Waterfall.






GIfA Members: Free

Non-Members: R150.00

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