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Desire Lines

Space, Memory and Identity in the Post-Apartheid City, 1st Edition

Edited by Noëleen Murray, Nick Shepherd, Martin Hall


328 pages

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This ground breaking new work draws together a cross-section of South African scholars to provide a lively and comprehensive review of the under-researched area of heritage practice following the introduction of the National Heritage Resources Act.

Looking at the daily heritage debates, from naming streets to projects such as the Gateway to Robben Island, Desire Lines addresses the innovative strategies that have emerged in the practice of defining, identifying and developing heritage sites.

In a unique multi-disciplinary approach, contributions are featured from a broad spectrum of fields, including the built environment and public culture and education. Showcasing work from tour operators and museum curators alongside that of university-based scholars, this book is a comprehensive and singularly authoritative volume that charts the development of new and emergent public cultures in post-apartheid South Africa through the making and unmaking of its urban spaces.

This pioneering collection of essays and case studies is an indispensable guide for those working within or studying heritage practice.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Space, memory and identity in the postapartheid city Nick Shepherd and Noëleen Murray Part I: Planning Fictions 1. Planning Fictions; The limits of spatial engineering and governance in a Cape Flats ghetto Steven Robins 2. ‘Manenberg Avenue is where it’s happening’ David Lurie 3. Remaking Modernism; South African architecture in and out of time Noëleen Murray 4. Engaging with Difference; Understanding the limits of multiculturalism in planning in the South African context Vanessa Watson 5. Missing in Khayelitsha Tobias Hecht Part II: Sites of Memory and Identity 6. Memory, Nation Building and the Postapartheid City; The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg Lindsay Jill Bremner 7. Picturing Cape Town Marwaan Manuel, Odidi Mfenyana, Nondumiso Ncisana 8. Memory and the Politics of History in the District Six Museum Ciraj Rassool 9. A Second Life; Heritage, museums, mimesis, and the tour guides of Robben Island Harry Garuba 10. Social institutions as ‘Places of Memory’ and ‘Places to Remember’; The case of the Ottery School of Industries Azeem Badroodien 11. Living in the Past; Historic futures in double time Lynn Meskell Part III: Burial Sites 12. On a Knife-edge or in the Fray; Managing heritage sites in a vibrant democracy Abdulkader I Tayob 13. Leaving the City; Gender, pastoral power and the discourse of development in the Eastern Cape Premesh Lalu 14. The World Below; Postapartheid urban imaginaries and the bones of the Prestwich Street dead Nick Shepherd and Christiaan Ernsten Part IV: Transit Spaces 15. Transit Spaces; Picturing Urban Change Matthew Barac and David Southwood 16. Paths of Nostalgia and Desire through Heritage Destinations at the Cape of Good Hope Martin Hall and Pia Bombardella 17. Museums on Cape Town's township tours Leslie Witz 18. Public Reflections Njabulo S. Ndebele 19. A Renaissance on our Doorsteps John Matshikiza

About the Editors

Noëleen Murray is an architect and lecturer in the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town

Nick Shepherd is an archaeologist and Senior Lecturer in the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town

Martin Hall is an historical archaeologist and professor. Currently he is Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, University of Cape Town

About the Series


The Architext series brings together recent debates in social and cultural theory and the study and practice of architecture and urban design. Critical, comparative and interdisciplinary, the books in the series will, by theorizing architecture, bring the space of the built environment centrally into the social sciences and humanities, as well as bringing the theoretical insights of the latter into the discourses of architecture and urban design. Particular attention will be paid to issues of gender, race, sexuality and the body, to questions of identity and place, to the cultural politics of representation and language, and to the global and postcolonial contexts in which these are addressed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography