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JUNE 2016


Professor Maria Fernanda Derntl (Universidade de Brasília, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism) visits UP to work with colleagues in the Department of Architecture  

 

MAY 2016


Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency's report on ‘Mapping’ Westfort Village in Tshwane acknowledges CCIRT support

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South Africa does not only have a well-known shared past with the former Dutch Republic. There is also the rich residue of a shared heritage in Tshwane/Pretoria, Johannesburg and elsewhere from the period of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) and later. Here, Dutch-born architects actively contributed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century to construction and infrastructure developments. This period coincides partly with the life of the Dutch queen Wilhelmina (1880-1962), after whom the term ‘ZA Wilhelmiens’ is coined (Bakker, Clarke & Fisher 2014).

The inner city of Tshwane/Pretoria, as well as the former Leprosy Asylum near Westfort show the direct influence of the Dutch-born architects Sytze Wierda and Klaas van Rijsse who worked for the national Departement Publieke Werken (DPW) in and around Pretoria during the heydays of President Kruger’s ZAR. After the initial Heritage Field Academy (organised as a joint project between the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), the University of Pretoria (UP) and ArchiAfrika in 2009) (see Corten 2010), more projects and missions followed on raising awareness, training and advise about built South African-Dutch Heritage, in particular the ‘ZA Wilhelmiens’ legacy. The training and advisory missions are part of the Dutch Policy on Shared Heritage. They are undertaken in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding as signed by the South African and Dutch governments on March 21, 2004.

The recent Shared Heritage ‘Westfort’ Mission (March 2015) was a joint project in close collaboration with UP, RCE, Delft University of Technology (TUD) and the Royal Dutch Embassy. The activities were partly supported by the cross-faculty research project Capital Cities: Space, Justice and Belonging of UP that aims to address the global challenge for cities to become more creative, productive, liveable and sustainable, specifically by ‘bringing together’ humanities to activities in law, architecture, and related fields.

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APRIL 2016


CCIRT's Britt Baillie contributes to Routledge publication on 'Religion, Violence and Cities' (2015) 

Baillie, B. 2015. ‘Capturing Facades in ‘Conflict-Time’: Structural Violence and the (Re)construction Vukovar’s Churches’, in L. O’Dowd & M. McKnight (eds.) Religion, Violence and Cities. London: Routledge. pp. 40-59.

 

 

OCTOBER 2015


New publicaiton co-edited by CCIRT's Britt Baillie 

A new volume in the Palgrave Studies in Heritage and Conflict Studies entitled 'Narrating War in Peace: The Spanish Civil War in the Transition and Today' by Katherine O. Stafford was co-edited by CCRIT's Dr. Britt Baillie. 

 

Landmark Tshwane Homelessness Summit produces draft policy recommendation for the City of Tshwane 

From September 2014, various researches conducted a study on pathways out of homelessness. On 25 and 26 May 2015 a Tshwane Homelessness Summit, the first of its kind, was held to present the findings. A recommended draft policy and strategy based on the findings was compiled during the summit based, as well as a report. Contact Prof Stephan de Beer for more info.

 

CCIRT thanked for its support in the newly launched book 'Cool Capital Biennale' 

The first uncurated, DIY, guerilla biennale, 'Cool Capital' took place in 2014. 

"The aim of Cool Capital was to dismantle the bureaucratic relationship between citizens and public space and encourage a new ownership for the city.

Designers were encouraged to rediscover marginalised parts of the city’s historic centre, to collaborate with residents by creating pop-up installations and to become active agents in the rethinking of their city as place, destination and capital city. Cool Capital’s uncurated approach meant that the usual bureaucratic processes were short-circuited. It democratized creativity and promoted activism by putting the city into the hands of its creative community."

The book gathers together the artistic takeover of Tshwane and looks toward the second biennale in 2016. 

 

AUGUST 2015


New publication by CCIRT's Britt Baillie entitled: 'Heritage and the right/the right to heritage'

Published in 'Heritage as Common(s)-Common(s) as Heritage' by The Heritage Seminar, Gothenburg University 

 

JULY 2015


New book co-edited by CCIRT's Britt Baillie now available

A new book in the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Hertigae and Conflict Series entitled 'Social Memory and War Narrative: Transmitted Trauma among Children of Vietnam War Veterans' by C.D. Weber and co-edited by CCIRT's Britt Baillie is now available.

 

APRIL 2015


New publicaiton co-edited byCCIRT's Britt Baille's research on Tshwane's heritage quoted in Pretoria News on 23 April 

Dr. Baillie presented a paper entitled Contesting the Capital’s Cultural Heritage: The Politics of Public Space in Tshwane at the 'Changing capital cities in Latin America, the Caribbean and Southern Africa' conference hosted by the Capital Cities Institutional Research Theme in collaboration with the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Embassies and High Commissions on 21 & 22 April at the University of Pretoria.

 

CCIRT's Chané J Rama Dahya's research on Tshwane as a diplomatic city quoted in Pretoria News on 27 Apirl

Ms. Rama Dahya presented a paper entitled The significance of large diplomatic representation in the City of Tshwane at the 'Changing capital cities in Latin America, the Caribbean and Southern Africa' conference hosted by the Capital Cities Institutional Research Theme in collaboration with the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Embassies and High Commissions on 21 & 22 April at the University of Pretoria.

 

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