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1 Council for the Built Environment Symposium 14-15 May 2008 Llewellyn van Wyk Research Group Leader (Construction Methods) Built Environment Unit CSIR South Africa

2 Slide 2 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Scope of Presentation Why post-Modernism? What is Legitimacy? Constructing an appropriate and relevant architectural response

3 Slide 3 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Why post-Modernism? Charles Jencks (1987), The Language of Post-Modern Architecture, Academy Editions, London. Pruitt-Igoe Housing St. Louis, 1952-1955, “Modern architecture died in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 15, 1972 at 3.32pm.” (9)

4 Slide 4 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Globalisation Shaped by developments in technology Involves the reconfiguration of states Associated with Regionalism Is uneven

5 Slide 5 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Knowledge economy Global manufacture Global labour Commodity beneficiation Innovation Knowledge services

6 Slide 6 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Corporate Social Governance (CSG) Entering a new era of social orientation defined as a broad- based collection of shareholders, employees, customers, communities and environment

7 Slide 7 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Ecology

8 Slide 8 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Eradicating poverty Standard of living versus Quality of life

9 Slide 9 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Human rights Evolution of individual human rights Evolution of collective human rights

10 Slide 10 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Science & Technology Human genetics Biotechnology Nanotechnology Science for development

11 Slide 11 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Urbanisation

12 Slide 12 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Renewable energy

13 Slide 13 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Global warming

14 Slide 14 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Legitimacy Darell Fields

15 Slide 15 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Construction and Legitimacy Construction and post- construction activities consume: 50% of all material resources globally 45% of all energy generated to heat, ventilate and light buildings and 5% to construct 40% of water for sanitation and other uses in buildings 70% of global timber products Abysmal OH&S record Highest levels of corruption

16 Slide 16 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Reichstag

17 Slide 17 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Reichstag One of the world’s great democratic forums Transparency of governance Shaping role of history Environmental agenda

18 Slide 18 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Reichstag

19 Slide 19 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Reichstag

20 Slide 20 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za 1 st Observation End of indulgence and self- interest

21 Slide 21 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za 2 nd Observation: Move beyond the optical

22 Slide 22 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za 3 rd Observation: Respect local culture and its symbols

23 Slide 23 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za 4 th Observation: Extend limitations of technology

24 Slide 24 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za Pei

25 Slide 25 © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.za I come to bring you life….and that you may have it more abundantly

26 Thank you


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