25-28 September 2009, The African city CENTRE: (re)sourced
What started as a once-off event in Tanzania in 2005 was followed up by the Architecture Today congress in Kumasi, Ghana in 2007. At the TU Delft African Perspectives it was decided to grown the series into a bi-annual event hosted on the African continent focussing on architecture of the Africa.
AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES 2009, the third international conference in the series to be hosted in Africa, will focus on the unique and diverse character of the African City as resource as well as resourcing the city.
The AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES 2009, conference will be hosted in conjunction with one of the highlights on the South African architectural calendar: the annual Architectural Students Conference which attracts close to a thousand students from across the sub-continent.
Getting books to our learners by adopting African solutions - 23/04/2014
The biggest challenge facing South African readers is access to books. For everyday South Africans, loading digital texts onto smartphones or tablets isn't a viable solution. You might have heard the saying that we should use African solutions to solve African problems. In this piece, I write about three organisations — Paperight, Siyavula and Worldreader — that offer practical and context-relevant ways of getting books into the hands of South African learners.
UP Architecture graduate wins prestigious national award - 22/04/2014
Heidi van Eeden, a University of Pretoria alumna, was announced as the overall winner of the 27th National Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award. This is the seventh time that a U.P. student has won this prestigious award. Previous winners were Braam de Villiers (1994), Christiaan van Niekerk (2002), Gerald Schulz (2004), Cillié Malan (2005), Marinda Smalberger (2007) and Clifford Gouws (2012).
The world beyond 2015 - is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
"We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that." This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.