—Peter Hudson, Department of Politics, Wits University
Splendid, vast and provocative
—Shirley Zar, planner and urbanist
—Roger Fisher, Pretoria School of Architecture
Trim size: 219 x 276mm
Page count: 506 pages
Imagery: F/C & B/W photos, plans and illustrations
Date of publication: December 2009
- Follow-on book to Johannesburg
Style,so completes over 125 years of the history of Johannesburg’s architecture.
- Closely examines the built environment of southern Africa’s economic hub from pre-1950 to the present.
- Neatly combines facts and figures with highly informed commentary and an abundance of carefully selected photographs and illustrations.
- The author brings his intellect to bear on the usually impenetrable workings of architects, planners and engineers to unravel a complex tale in a style that is lively and engrossing.
- While there are many books available on Johannesburg, and a few on various buildings in the city, this is the only book to comprehensively detail the forces and influences (politics, economics, international architectural trends and styles, the environment, etc.) that shaped the city and its buildings from a historical perspective.
- A vital reference/research tool for students, architects, designers, town planners, etc.