Light on a Hill: Building the Constitutional Court of South Africa celebrates one of the most important buildings of a young democracy, a building that seeks to reflect the values and principles enshrined in South Africa’s progressive Constitution.

Description

The new Constitutional Court of South Africa was inaugurated in 2004, ten years after the demise of apartheid and South Africa’s first democratic elections that brought the African National Congress and Nelson Mandela to power. The historic new building was the work of a team of young South African architects who had won the international competition for the design and building of the Court. Shortly after the opening of the Court, David Krut Publishing was approached to manage a competition for the design of a book on the architecture of this important building. The book design competition was won by Adele Prins of Flow Design and work on the book began in 2005.

The Artworks Committee of the Constitutional Court wanted to create a beautiful book that would celebrate the Court and reflect the character of the building. The book would have to show not only the architectural innovations in the structure, such as the large-scale use of a passive heating and cooling system, but the atmosphere and mood of the Court, its openness, its ability to convey warmth and dignity at the same time, its reflection of the South African landscape and climate, its relationship to the surrounding metropolis, and its incorporation of the troubled history of the site (the old Fort Prison of Johannesburg) upon which the Court would stand.

Early in the building of the Court, the architects had commissioned South African photographer Angela Buckland to document the building process. Her magnificent photographs of the site and the new building persuaded the Committee and the publisher that she should be the photographer for the book.

Working closely with the architects, the book designer, and the photographer, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen – Managing Editor of David Krut Publishing – compiled the text for the book from a series of interviews with Constitutional Court judges, the architects, the contractor and builder, and others. The Artworks Committee did not want a technical architectural essay in the book but rather a narrative that would describe the character and impact of the building. This text is supplemented by architectural notes in the form of captions and annotations for architectural sketches and diagrams.

Light on a Hill: Building the Constitutional Court of South Africa celebrates one of the most important buildings of a young democracy, a building that seeks to reflect the values and principles enshrined in South Africa’s progressive Constitution.

 

Additional information

Publisher

Language

English

Date Published

2004

ISBN

9789584860712

Specifications

Softcover, 28x28cm, 173pp

Reviews

  1. andile magengelele

    I’m quite excited about this book and how it extends the narrative of architecture not only to be accessible to general public but also on the landscape of our visual culture around Braamfontein, which is unapologetically an ‘afro=aesthetic.

    To Judge Sachs……..yes, culture can be a weapon of liberation..

  2. Albie Sachs at the Ford Foundation

    […] Court Justice Albie Sachs, author of Light on a Hill (2006) and Art and Justice, forthcoming from David Krut publishing, is currently a resident scholar at the […]

  3. The Constitutional Court of South Africa launches “Light On A Hill” stamps

    […] The stamps are reproductions of Angela Buckland’s beautiful photographs of the court featured in Light on a Hill: Building the Constitutional Court of South Africa , which was published by David Krut Publishing (DKP) in […]

  4. The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law | David Krut Publishing and Arts Resource

    […] Light On A Hill: The Building of the Constitutional Court of South Africa […]

  5. Starter Library on South African Democracy | David Krut Publishing and Arts Resource

    […] Light on a Hill: Building the Constitutional Court of South Africa […]

  6. Joburg Starter Library | David Krut Publishing and Arts Resource

    […] A beautiful and engaging book about the architecture of the Constitutional Court, an important symbol of post-apartheid South Africa and an historic landmark of our city. More >> […]

  7. Goethe-Institut to Host über(W)unden: Art in Troubled Times Conference in September | Books LIVE

    […] on a Hill: Building the Constitutional Court of South Africa edited by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen Book homepage EAN: 9780958486071 Find this book with BOOK […]

  8. Link Love: ITCH e.11 Out Now (Plus: New Website) | Books LIVE

    […] on a Hill: Building the Constitutional Court of South Africa edited by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen Book homepage EAN: 9780958486071 Find this book with BOOK […]

  9. First Look at the 2013 Mail & Guardian Literary Festival (30 August – 1 September) | Books LIVE

    […] on a Hill: Building the Constitutional Court of South Africa edited by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen Book homepage EAN: 9780958486071 Find this book with BOOK […]

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*
*

You may also like…

    Art and Justice: The Art of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
    R600.00 inc. VAT

    Art and Justice: The Art of the Constitutional Court of South Africa documents and celebrates the artworks integrated into and collected for the Constitutional Court of South Africa. The book pays tribute to the extraordinary vision of the architects and judges of the Court who sought to bring together, in the most inspiring, innovative and dignified way possible, art and the workings of justice, and to give a public soul to the new Court building.

    Add to cart
Have no product in the cart!
0