FOLIO a new annual on contemporary African architecture has been launched in South Africa, coinciding with this year’s Africa Day celebrations.
According to founding editor Professor Lesley Lokko, the idea was sparked at a meeting of the heads of architecture schools in 2015 where an intense conversation erupted regarding the lack of publishing opportunities for South African academics
“The idea just popped into my head. And I thought: ‘Why not?’” Lokko recalls. “It takes years to get onto the DHET [Department of Higher Education and Training] list of accredited journals, which put some people off the idea of submitting work, but since FOLIO was conceived of as a continent-wide publication, that didn’t really matter.”
Funded through a three-year grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, FOLIO is also the inaugural publication of the new in-house press at the Graduate School of Architecture at University of Johannesburg. The publication is edited by Lokko and supervised by an international editorial board including recently knighted Sir David Adjaye.
FOLIO’s approach is critical, modern and African: “Well-written, clear and hopefully interesting pieces which straddle the worlds of practice, education and politics, with an emphasis on emerging voices and talent, particularly from postgraduate students with scholarly pieces being peer reviewed,” explains Lokko.
Each annual’s content will be loosely structure around a theme, with PUPAE, meaning ’emerging’ as the first. The first issue has six section – Perspectives, Politics, Pupillage, Pedagogy, Practice and Praxis – and contributors include 26’10 South Architects, Afua Wilcox, Amlanjyoti Goswami, Berend van der Lans, Bryans Mukasa, Counterspace, Edna Peres, Finzi Saidi, Francis Carter, Issa Diabaté, Jhono Bennett, Jordan Lane, Julian Raxworthy, Kiki Doermann, Kirsten Doermann, Leon Krige, Lesley Lokko, Lorenzo Nassimbeni, Mae-Ling Lokko, Maryam Mansab, Megan-Louise Wilson, Mxolisi Makhubu, Orthner & Orthner Architects, Paul Morel, Ron Eglash, Sabine Waskow, Sarah de Villiers, Solam Mkhabela, Stephen Steyn, Sumayya Vally, Tania Katzschner, Tuliza Sindi, Wandile Mahlangu and Yashaen Luckan.
The journal is not only available in print but will also be available as a free download on the GSA’s dedicated website, which is set to go live in September. In the meantime, it will be available on the GSA ISSUU page.
FOLIO is available at The Book Lounge in Cape Town, Love Books in Johannesburg and via the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, directly. Send an e-mail Stefan Vos stefanv[at]uj[dot]ac[dot]za to request a copy.Read older posts from this section