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 ebook uncovers a myriad of mechanisms by which Empire laid the rules onto which the edifice of apartheid used to be outfitted. It finds the numerous function British architects and British architectural rules performed in facilitating white dominance and racial segregation in pre-apartheid Cape city. to accomplish this, the e-book follows the progenitor of the backyard urban circulate, 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 presents an important fit to postcolonial schemas of Self/Other/Same which underpin the 3 elements to the booklet. a lot is owed to Edward Said's discourse-analytical method 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 many of the architectural gadgets studied. The booklet concludes by way of 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 bizarre to Imperial Cape city, yet one inherent to structure extra widely. The concluding bankruptcy additionally offers a well timed replicate for the machinations at the moment at play in setting up a 'post-apartheid' structure and urbanity within the 'new' South Africa.
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Building Apartheid: On Architecture and Order in Imperial Cape Town (Ashgate Studies in Architecture) by Dr Coetzer Nicholas