Unit 14 at the Graduate School of Architecture is headed up by Thiresh Govender of Urban Works. I have worked with Thiresh on this over a two year period of trials and tribulations and am proud to say that 2017 produced something highly innovative and unique to how we practice urban and architecture research in Johannesburg.

The Unit set out to uncover the Rogue Economies of Johannesburg and worked with a dedicated and hard working group of students in search these rogue forces that shape our City. We were joined by Sarah De Villiers of Counter Space and Valentina Mamente  and spent a difficult but ulmitately rewarding year developing a highly attuned and unique style of inquiry and representation with the students.
Easy Come, Easy Go: Cross-Border Hypertrade by @the_real_kennie_dee #rogueeconomy #architecturestudent #architecture #mapping #southafrica #zimbabwe #beitbridge @act.of.mapping A post shared by GSA Unit 14 (@gsa_unit14) on Sep 1, 2017 at 7:03am PDT

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Landscapes for Trust by Binayka Rama #gsaunit14 #rogueeconomy #produce #fordsburg #johannesburg #mapping #axonometric #architecture #architectureilike #imadethis #drawing #johannesburg @thebeez_ A post shared by GSA Unit 14 (@gsa_unit14) on Sep 18, 2017 at 11:11am PDT


LINK IN BIO: M2 from Unit 14, Israel Ogundare presents his project ‘The Exchange Consulate’ on the African Architecture Awards. Please take a look and vote! @ogundareisrael @happeningatthegsa @africanarchitectureaward @act.of.mapping #rogueeconomy #africanarchitectureawards A post shared by GSA Unit 14 (@gsa_unit14) on Jul 19, 2017 at 2:07pm PDT


The unit drew much inspiration from many local and international researchers such as the work of Eyel Weitzman’s Forensic Architecture and produced a body of work that can be seen here: