Social Change In Political Architecture

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CHAPTER 7 INTERPRETATION OF FINDINGS 7.1 INTRODUCTION The influence of social change on political architecture is quite clear based on the discourse of the concepts and theories in chapter one. The outcome of this influence is however dependent on multiple variables. The representation of these social changes is rather an abstract procedure that architecture may help portray through skillful articulation of design, incorporating elements such as symbols and the utilization of art in order to create the link between the built environment and its context, society and identity. This allows society to relate and familiarize itself with the architecture. The architectural style of modernism symbolizes democracy, freedom of movement and space liberation…show more content…
It is defined in relation to time and place. Issues that sum up identity relate to social links, vernacular elements and aesthetic issues. Identity is therefore derived from human interaction with the environment. Regional identity ties people to a region, establishing a sense of place and introducing stability to that society. Looking at Southern Africa, particularly Zimbabwe and South Africa, distinct regional identities have been created by the combination of elements such as the history, culture and immediate environment. To understand the identity of a region, one need to study the landscape and the manner in which local techniques and natural land use patterns are implemented (Hough,…show more content…
Arguably one of the most successful, publicized political buildings in the Republic of South Africa, the Court utilizes its public appeal and popularity to convey a message of peace and unity to the people through its symbolism of the social aspects of South Africa. The diversity of the South African people is conveyed throughout the building by use of culturally related crafts and artworks, local materials, and colors, making it recognizable to different ethnic groups. Each South African can identify with something within the building fabric that directly relates to his or her culture. The modernist style of the building allows its spaces to be liberated, thereby creating the perception of openness, making it very accessible since it is a public building. The most integral aspect of the building is its connection with South African history and its dynamic representation of the past, present and future. Its seamless cohesion of old and new elements is a true display of great architectural articulation. The historic significance of the site and the old prison buildings stands as a reminder of the oppressive past, while the new aspect of the court represents a hopeful future. The building manages to represent a timeline of events that took place in South Africa, that sum up all the aspects of social change specific to this

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