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Start Date 25/09/2009
End Date 28/09/2009
Location Pretoria 
Country South Africa 
Description International conference including workshops, debates, film shows, art presentations and tours.

After conferences in Dar es Salaam(Tanzania, 2005), Kumasi (Ghana, 2007) and Delft (Netherlands, 2007), it is now time for African Perspectives 2009 in Pretoria, South Africa, an event focusing on the (historical) identity, the contemporary position in a global context and the future life of the African city centre.

African Perspectives 2009 is organized by the Pretoria Institute for Architecture, the University of Pretoria and the ArchiAfrika foundation and will take place in Pretoria from the 25 to 28 September. It’s focus will be on the unique and diverse character of the African City as a resource, as well as resourcing the city.

In the context of the global economy, African Cities manifest a strong developmental and/or survival instinct and are currently amongst the fastest growing cities in the world. In order to find directions and solutions for the desired sustainable future it is important to understand the past and the current identities and (re)sources of the African city centre.

This is why, the African City Centre will be analyzed in a contemporary global context, but there will also be a focus on the (historical) identity and the future life of the African City Centre. The main question to be answered will be: “How can the African City Centre with it’s (historical) identity and with care for cultural, mineral and physical resources best be prepared for the future in the contemporary global context?”

There will be contributions from amongst others Joe Osae – Addo, Jose Forjaz, Abdumaliq Simone, Heinrich Wolff, Dick van Gameren, Nnamdi Elleh, while artists like Abrie Fourie, Maya Marx, Happy Dhlame and Marcus Neustetter will present their work in the exhibition ‘the Heart of the African City’, curated by Harrie Sietsema, Stephen Hobbs and Annemieke de Kler and organized by Modern Art Projects – South Africa.

Professionals, academics and students from all over the world will come together and introduce and challenge new views, directions and solutions within the framework of the historical and ongoing research and debate in order to find answers to the above question.

This will be achieved in the form of practical workshops, presentations, debates, art exhibitions and field visits with the city of Tshwane as case example.From diverse disciplines, such as landscape and housing design, building technology, conservation, architectural sociology, planning, real estate, housing management, anthropology and art, statements and views will be exchanged. The event is combined with the National Architectural Student Congress, bringing around 600 students from all over South Africa to Pretoria. 

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