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Date: August 13, 2018

25th October 2012 marked the big day for the Department. The first generation of Polytechnic Architecture students presented their third year Mini-Thesis design project with the entire Departmental staff as well as the invited guest critiques Ms Gloria Kamau and Mr Paul Munting acting as members of the jury.

After three years of study, this pioneer group is set to graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, which will enable them to register as Candidate Architectural Technologist with NCAQS - pending the new Architects Act.

The projects were as ambitious as the Department itself, ranging from the scale of a cricket stadium in Olympia to a medical centre in Khomasdal. In between were designs for an international convention centre near Wernhil, a building materials research centre in Windhoek North, a secondary school in Cimbebasia, a scheme for slum upgrading and communal facilities in Katutura, an old age home in Rehoboth and a project to convert a San resettlement camp near Gobabis into a village, with culturally adequate housing and public facilities for the gradual socio-economic empowerment of the community.

For the students this moment marked a milestone on a long and sometimes bumpy journey, the last stretch of which they had spent working in architectural offices in Windhoek for their Work Integrated Learning.

We are looking forward to welcome some of the successful graduates back to continue their studies for the Bachelor of Architecture Honours in 2013, a year that will hopefully also see the accreditation process of the program to be initiated.

*Originally published on 1 November 2012

Tags: NEWS


Date: August 13, 2018

Series of event to mark World Architecture Day 2012

October 2012 at various venues

*Originally published on 1 October 2012

Tags: PUBLIC LECTURE


Date: August 13, 2018

Series of public events to mark the 2012 Polytechnic Cultural Festival Week

*Originally published on 1 August 2012

Tags: PUBLIC LECTURE


Date: August 13, 2018

The second week of August marks the Polytechnic's Cultural Festival Week, a week with a host of activities from traditional dance performances to international culinary explorations. With the STUDENT WORKS the Department of Architecture is adding its own event to the mix. Student projects and course work of the past year will be presented in what we hope will become an annual event to showcase the development of the Department. We would like to invite you all to join us for the opening of this exhibition on Monday 6th August at 16:00 at the Department.

*Originally published on 1 August 2012

Tags: NEWS; EXHIBITION; STUDENT WORKS


Date: August 13, 2018

London in pre-Olympic frenzy. The sheer amount of cultural activities on offer this (European) summer is staggering, and it seems quite impossible to take in the amount of information presented to you on a daily basis. It's bread and games for the Londoners.

So here we are, adding yet another show to the schedule. NAMIBIA - Definitions of Space or Legacies of a Colonial Townpresents the visitor with a timeline-collage of historical images, maps and drawings, which is juxtaposed with contemporary aspects of the city – its architecture and its inhabitation. This exposes some of the lasting legacies of Namibia's colonial history, and the fragmented spatial realities that define the contemporary, post-colonial city. This poses the question of the role of the architectural profession in designing alternative futures, to overcome these legacies. The recent bulldozing of "illegal" shacks in Katutura should be a wake-up call to all of us: has there been any real change in the way we conceive our cities, and who should or should not be included?

The exhibition opened on the night of 28th June and has been very well received so far. Public events such as the Namibia / South Africa Post-Colonial Legacies round table, chaired by Prof. Lindsay Bremner of the University of Westminster will further deepen the academic debate on some of the questions raised by the exhibition.

For the Department this event promises to be the beginning of more serious research into socio-spatial conditions in Namibia both rural and urban.

*Originally published on 1 July 2012

Tags: NEWS; EXHIBITION


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