Architecture is political!
Otherw[here] is impolite, uncalled for, for the insecure political times we live in.
Architecture is social, getting us to better places where we have never been.
It is the coming together with burden of geographical location up-ended no-longer north looking south or south looking north.
Otherw[here] brought us to engage with all the widely divergent views in order to create unimagined spaces, so that we can a create transformative mode of architecture.
Hilton Judin’s, opening words set the tone for a day that was provocative, inspiring and urgent.
With the proceedings starting so dangerously, late that might invoke the notion of African time, the blame was laid on the dignitaries who were slightly tardy. Proceedings quickly gathered pace with the dignitaries picking up the tone that architecture is catalyst for change.
Thulas Nxesi | Blade Ndzaminde
While the Minister of Public Works…Thulas Nxesi, with the regulatory bodyguard with earpiece in tow, didn’t provide any fresh insights – Blade Ndzaminde, minister of Higher Education and Training, gave a surprisingly refreshing talk. He picked up on Judin’s provocative statement, by expanding on it by stating: