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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author De Villiers, Louise
Email s97019667@tuks.co.za
URN etd-01272011-162326
Document Title An architecture of meaning : the design of the headquarters for the National Department of Home Affairs
Degree MArch(Prof)
Department Architecture
Advisor Name Title
Ms C Combrinck Committee Chair
Mr A Barker Committee Co-Chair
  • City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
  • National Department of Home Affairs
Date 2011-04-16
Availability unrestricted
The project explores the expression of meaning in architecture against the backdrop of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality as post-apartheid capital city. The architectural aim of the project is the consolidation of the National Department of Home Affairs and the design of the headquarters of this department.

The project starts with a brief exploration of the context of a post-colonial and post-apartheid city, and the aims and identity linked to an African democracy in the context of multiple cultural identities. The search for a national identity is linked to the existential question of ‘being’, which is related to an experiential understanding of physical surroundings.

Case studies include recent public buildings that form part of an era of searching for identity and contribute to the discovery of an underdeveloped element of multi-sensory experience in recent architectural projects related to the new democratic government.

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Please cite as follows:

De Villiers, L 2010, An architecture of meaning : the design of the headquarters for the National Department of Home Affairs, MArch(Prof) dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-01272011-162326/ >


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