Friday night is School's Out! Every last Friday of the month the Independent School for the City celebrates the start of the weekend with public talks, films, drinks, food, and tunes. The new favourite hangout for everyone who is interested in the city.
We are proud to announce that the amazing Lesley Lokko will be the speaker of School’s Out! #3! During here talk ‘Look Back in Anger’, Lesley Lokko follows the setting up of the Graduate School of Architecture (GSA), currently Africa’s largest and only postgraduate school of architecture at the University of Johannesburg, following the student protests of 2015 and 2016 which effectively shut down tertiary education in the country for several weeks. Adopting Alvin Boyarsky’s famed ‘unit system’ pedagogy, over the past five years, Unit System Africa at the GSA has empowered a new generation of young African architects to imagine new and radically different possibilities for architecture and urban cultures through a combination of avant-garde, speculative and multi-disciplinary perspectives. This talk will focus on the productive use of anger as a catalyst for radical and imaginative change, crucial in the context of a continent attempting to redefine its place in global built environment discourses. The talk will be accompanied by a number of videos which showcase the wide-ranging influences and outcomes that this exciting and transformational experiment in architectural education has produced.
Lesley Lokko is an architect, academic and the author of ten best-selling novels. She lives almost simultaneously in Johannesburg, London, Accra and Edinburgh, and is currently Head of School at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Lokko was trained as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and gained her PhD from the University of London. She is the editor of White Papers, Black Marks: Race, Culture, Architecture; editor-in-chief of FOLIO: Journal of Contemporary African Architecture and is on the editorial board of ARQ (Cambridge). Lokko has been an on-going contributor to discourses around identity, race, African urbanism and the speculative nature of African architectural space and practice for nearly thirty years
18.00 - 19:00 Drinks, food, and tunes19.00 - 19:45 Talk ‘Look Back in Anger’ by Lesley Lokko + Q&A19.45 - 20:00 Film selected by Jord den Hollander20:00 - 22.00 Drinks, food, and tunes
Entrance fee: 5 EuroGet your ticket here.
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