The Form of Memory

This is an examination of the architecture of the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto, Johannesburg, by Mashabane Rose Architects.  It takes into account the complex contemporary history of South Africa following the end of apartheid and the consequent need to curate a new relationship to the past, and considers the functions of museum and memorial.  The outcome is an exploration the way in which the building is shaped by its relationship to the site of the 1976 protests, the museological approach to narrative and the desire to develop a coherent national and social identity.

1 – Museum and Memorial

2 – Framing Place

3 – Framing History

4 – Framing Identity

5 – Place, History, Identity

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