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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: R850.00

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 Johannesburg in 1929. He was an architect in practice and external/part-time lecturer for over four decades at Wits University. He also taught in and was director of the enrichment programme at Wits between 1987 and 1995.

Clive’s principal published work is the authoritative Johannesburg Style – Architecture & Society 1880s – 1960, published by David Phillip in 1993. Chipkin has also been involved in several other publications. These include:

  • Co-author with Aron, Benjamin, Zar – Parktown 1892-1972 (Studio Thirty-Five Publications, 1972)
  • Author – Preparing for Apartheid in Fisher & Le Roux (eds) Architecture of the Transvaal (UNISA, 1998)
  • Chapter in Apartheid and After (Nederlands Architektuurinstituut, 1998)
  • Contributor to edition on Johannesburg in Bauwelt (Berlin, 1997)
  • Published work in South African Architectural Record; Architecture SA; Architectural Review; RIBA Journal, etc.