Loved or loathed, Brutalism is back in fashion, well for some!
The first in the series, Brutalism 101, by Culture Connect’s Kate Crane Briggs is on YourTube, was on Thurs 9 July, 1-2pm, (South African time). Then on the following two Thursdays, 16 and 23 July also at 1-2pm architect, urbanist and artist, Martin Kruger, who is based in Cape Town was joined by Catherine Croft, director of London based 20th Century Society and author of Concrete Architecture. Using UK comparators, they focused on buildings in Cape Town – UCT’s Sports Centre, the Werdmuller Centre, Good Hope Centre and Artscape. Martin was taught by Roelof Uytenbogaardt, the architect of Werdmuller and UCT Sports Centres. Roelof studied at Pennsylvania University under Louis Kahn (“one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century” Wiki). For the third one, Catherine and Martin were joined by Prof Gabriel Nevi who is co-authoring a book on Nervi, due out early 2021, and Annie Wingate who lives in the iconic, thriving Barbican, UK.
For the fourth in Culture Connect Brutalist architecture series, architect and academic, Albert van Jaarsveld, showed how the Apartheid government embraced modernity to show its sophistication, internationalism and de-colonisation. Buildings include Konservatorium/music department (1978), Stellenbosch Univerisity, designed by the architect Gilbert Colyn, and Baxter Theatre (1977) by Jack Judah Barnett, as well as once again Artscape, formerly known as the Nico Malan Skouburg,1971 by Hannes van der Merwe (in conjunction with Kent, Miszewski, Hockley & Partners) and Good Hope Centre (1977) by the Italian engineer/architect Luigi Nervi, his family/studio.
All can be watched on Culture Connect’s YouTube channel.
Huge thanks to art historian, Sanet Tattersall, for her research and moderating for this series.
Architectural tours in Cape Town, Pretoria and Stellenbosch will be organised post pandemic.