TARRYN MICHAEL’S YOUTH CULTURE THESIS TO REPRESENT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND AT THE COROBRIK ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR NATIONAL AWARD

Tarryn Michael’s thesis is entitled ‘Party Sanctuary’, will be featured at the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year National Award event on 9 April 2014.

She says Boksburg’s landscape is home to many left-over, forgotten, and wasteful spaces which offer no return.   She has explored the elusive landscapes, and suggests that nature should return.

In her research she has also explored the theory of ‘liminality’ to understand the notions related to event. The three narratives, within this dissertation, that marry this theory are: the ‘cloud’ (club), the ‘wetland’ and the ‘landscape’.

Michael questions whether the youth culture of Johannesburg in an understated city on the East Rand of Gauteng hosts a public space that caters for different user groups? Can this public space be appropriated for events? Can this public space supply Johannesburg with a definition for a ‘beach’ in a landlocked city?

The architecture she proposes is to conjure a sense of liberty and choice within the users – the role of architecture being to create a platform for diversity. The design aims to construct a place where society can re-create itself; where nature can reconcile the damaged environment; and where events can serve to produce ephemeral architecture to make [other\younger\better\greener] worlds.

Previously it was incorrectly announced that Yvonne Brecher, the other joint winner of the Wits Architectural Student of the Year award, would represent the University at the national award.

At the Wits award ceremony Allin Dangers, Corobrik Director of Sales, Inland Region said that students that had presented their thesis projects at this year’s awards had demonstrated their architectural competencies and on evidence were ready for the challenges of their profession.

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