By Dr Coetzer Nicholas

Through a particular architectural lens, this booklet exposes the function the British Empire performed within the improvement of apartheid. via connection with formerly unexamined archival fabric, the publication uncovers a myriad of mechanisms by which Empire laid the principles onto which the edifice of apartheid used to be outfitted. It reveals the numerous position British architects and British architectural principles performed in facilitating white dominance and racial segregation in pre-apartheid Cape city. to accomplish this, the publication follows the progenitor of the backyard urban move, 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 ebook. a lot is owed to Edward Said's discourse-analytical strategy 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 a number of the architectural items studied. The ebook concludes via drawing recognition to the ideological efficiency of structure which has a tendency to be veiled extra so via its ubiquitous presence and in doing so, it offers not just a narrative abnormal to Imperial Cape city, yet one inherent to structure extra greatly. The concluding bankruptcy additionally offers a well timed replicate for the machinations presently at play in constructing a 'post-apartheid' structure and urbanity within the 'new' South Africa.

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