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—Peter Hudson, Department of Politics, Wits University

Splendid, vast and provocative

—Shirley Zar, planner and urbanist



—Roger Fisher, Pretoria School of Architecture

Book information

ISBN:  978-1-91985588-2

Trim size:  219 x 276mm

Binding: hardcover

Page count: 506 pages

Imagery: F/C & B/W photos, plans and illustrations

Cost: R1 200.00

Genre: Architecture

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.


Clive Chipkin

Clive Chipkin was born in Yeoville, Johannesburg in 1929. He was educated at King Edward VII school and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand School of Architecture in 1954.

Chipkin worked for the London County Council in 1956/57. India and East Africa were major formative influences, as was a growing awareness of the indigenous architecture of southern Africa. In 1958, he opened a private practice in Johannesburg and was a principal founder of AAP (Architects Against Apartheid) and co-author of the Green Manifesto.

Chipkin is also co-author of Parktown 1892–1972 (Aaron, Benjamin, Chipkin, Zar) and contributed to Fisher and Le Roux’s Architecture of the Transvaal and Judin and Vladislavic’s Blank: architecture, apartheid and after.

Johannesburg Style: Architecture and Society 1880s to 1960s is this volume’s predecessor.

Clive Chipkin died on 10 January 2021 at the age of 91.