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EATON FOR AFRICA – 50 YEARS LATER Pienaar, M. Architecture South Africa, vol 87,  Sep/Oct 2017: P 38-42. http://saia.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ASA-Edition87_HR.compressed.pdf I t’s just over 50 years since the passing of well-known South African architect Norman Eaton (1902−1966). Emerging trajectories on post-colonial identities, entangled histories, and positions on decolonisation makes the reappraisal of his legacy necessary. This feature posits snapshots of his legacy to open new dialogues on the meaning of his contribution to the South African architectural cultural landscape. Two works by theorist Hilde Heynen will frame these snapshots, namely ‘The intertwinement of Modernism and colonialism: A theoretical perspective’ (2013) and, anecdotally, Architecture and modernity: A critique (1999). In order to explore Eaton’s work as hybrid expressions that operate in the space in between the west and Africa, the various manifestations of hybridity are extracted respectively as surface/symbol, mimetic detailing and undulating wall. His agency is contextualised within the apartheid paradigm and the possibility of a subversive text is explored in his work....

Place, politics and consequence 2014 “Place, politics and consequence: Two significant houses by Norman Eaton from the late 1930s,” Architecture SA, Volume 66, March-April 2014 pp. 38-47. ABSTRACT DURING THE YEARS 1937 to 1938, the architect Norman Eaton (1902– 1966) designed two houses which are of special signifance within debates around culture, politics and landscape in South Africa. The one was for the artist Anton van Wouw (1862–1945) who identified with Afrikaner nationalist pursuits (Fisher, 1998:124), and the other for the then young, prominent Johannesburg advocate – later to become a renowned South African struggle-activist and communist – the Afrikaner Bram Fischer (1908–1975) and his wife Molly (1908– 1964). On the one hand, House Van Wouw (1937–1938) invoked romantic, organic architectural notions integrated with the construction of an Afrikaner identity. House Fischer (1938), on the other hand, was an amalgamation of the lineage of his work to date, and also exemplified his affinity with the work of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959). Along with a few other projects, it represents a transitional moment in Eaton’s work, towards a spatial...

There is a there there “There is a there there – femininity, place and phenomenology in the work of Mira Fassler Kamstra,” Architecture South Africa, Volume 81, pp. 15-18.   ABSTRACT Mira Fassler Kamstra is a Sophia Gray laureate (1989) and, although she does not raise issues of gender in her design work, her contribution is located within an architectural value system that is increasingly overshadowed by the diminution of a sense of place, where objective reality is overemphasised at the expense of the intuitive. Her work reminds us that the essence of good architecture resides in the reconciliation of the feminine with rational requirements, and that both are essential in creating ‘aliveness’ in the discipline of architecture. Her work further cements our relationship with tradition, craft and locality, responding to a multiplicity of specificities – including an enactment of the edge-threshold as a powerful place-making physiognomy. This introductory essay provides insights into her designer’s mind, highlighting selected projects so as to trace their genealogy, framed from both a feminine...

Teaching design studio Marguerite teaches in the third year design studio at the Department of Architecture, Pretoria. The process and product of design are explored at the scale of medium sized public buildings in an urban context – in particular, our city is seen as a laboratory for investigation. The design experience includes a wide range of artefacts contesting a narrow definition of architecture and at various scales from the urban to detail and elemental design. Visual literacy and its manifestation in design communication suggest exposure to a range of media which extends the design experience and blurs the boundaries of design disciplines. Provocative juxtapositions or superimpositions and the spaces in-between appositions form the exploratory grounds – as an extension of the subject theory of design. ...

Revisiting Making Revisiting Making: The space between Africa and Modernism in the work of Norman Eaton (1902-1966)” published in the tribute to Prof. Karel Bakker. Architecture SA, Volume 72, March-April 2015 pp. 37-49  ...

 M Pienaar M.Arch Research degree     Pienaar, Marguerite Dissertation (MSc)--University of Pretoria, 2014. Fisher, Roger C. The documented legacy of South African architect Norman Musgrave Eaton (1902– 1966), as preserved at the University of Pretoria, provides the material for a contemporary analysis and extrapolation of his domestic oeuvre through the construction of a biographical-disciplinary context and chronology. Why and how Eaton’s domestic architecture expresses its lineage of forms, space, material, and detail are explored in this study. Eaton’s architectural oeuvre demonstrates a rare encounter between the Modern Movement and Africa. The residential architecture of Eaton, he being based in Pretoria, draws strongly on the African monumental past, while denoting both a regional and universal consciousness. Local influences are drawn from diverse sources: Cape Dutch architecture, Great Zimbabwe, Eastern Africa and the unselfconscious architectural endeavours of the Ndebele. Through the systematization of his records, the researcher is able to set up a biography within context in...

Africa Drawn One Hundred Cities Commendation Award PIA 2017 Gary White / Marguerite Pienaar / Bouwer Serfontein Foreword by Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk 280 × 300 mm, 224 pages, 300 images Hardcover ISBN 978-3-86922-423-7 (English) Africa – a continent of small villages in the jungle and savannah? Certainly not. The urbanisation of the continent is advancing rapidly, while African cities and metropolitan regions are among the fastest growing in the world. "Africa Drawn" presents one hundred of the most connected and important cities of the conti nent. A visual feast of three hundred images and masterfully drawn plans illustrates contemporary and historical place-making actions in Africa. The result is simultaneously an artistic and visually fascinating documentation of African urban space and a convincing analysis of its structure and morphology, thus providing a spatial point of departure for all interested parties. The drawings are accompanied by introductory texts and, for the first time, render possible a comparison of the diverse urban...