Desire Lines: Space, memory and identity in the by Nick Shepherd

By Nick Shepherd

This flooring breaking new paintings attracts jointly a cross-section of South African students to supply a full of life and finished evaluate of the under-researched sector of historical past perform following the advent of the nationwide history assets Act. the day-by-day history debates, from naming streets to initiatives equivalent to the Gateway to Robben Island, wish traces addresses the leading edge ideas that experience emerged within the perform of defining, selecting and constructing historical past websites. In a different multi-disciplinary method, contributions are featured from a vast spectrum of fields, together with the equipped atmosphere and public tradition and schooling. Showcasing paintings from travel operators and museum curators along that of university-based students, this booklet is a finished and singularly authoritative quantity that charts the advance of latest and emergent public cultures in post-apartheid South Africa during the making and unmaking of its city areas. This pioneering number of essays and case reports is an fundamental advisor for these operating inside of or learning background perform.

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18 Ⅺ Part I Planning Fictions Chapter 1: Planning Fictions The Limits of Spatial Engineering and Governance in a Cape Flats Ghetto Steven Robins When a tornado swept through Manenberg, a working-class, coloured community on the Cape Flats in 1999, a senior city official told reporters that this was a Godsend; it was divine intervention. Manenberg had for many years been the nerve centre of Cape Town’s gang and drug underworld, and the destruction of a number of three-storey flats in Manenberg was seen as an opportunity to raze these buildings and rebuild the area from ground zero.

Scott, J. (1998) Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Steinberg, J. (2001) Crime Wave: The South African Underworld and Its Foes, Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press. Sunday Times (2001) 11 November. 33 Ⅺ Chapter 2: ‘Manenberg Avenue is Where it’s Happening’ Images by David Lurie1 Manenberg housing was built in the 1960s according to the fashion for neighbourhood unit planning and in part response to the forced removals from innercity areas such as District Six.

Can the photographer achieve a photographic distance or does the act of looking underline a power relation? Can images narrate spaces or does photography inevitably romanticise its subjects? Is this perhaps the power of the photographic image – to create a sense of discomfort? Or is photography of this sort the ultimate act of authorising modernism? By freezing the image in time, does its meaning become fixed in the act of wishing to reveal the inner world of a place that itself exists on the fringes and margins of space in the ‘New South Africa’?

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