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Urban Action Group (UAG)

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Urban Action Group (UAG) had been formed in 1967 by a few past students of the Wits School of Architecture, the so-called SA resident Pennsylvania School, notably G J GALLAGHER, W O MEYER and I SCHLAPOBERSKY, with the object of:

  • encouraging the sound development of cities in South Africa both in their growth and in their renewal;
  • conferring with the Institute of South African Architects and also with the central and provincial governments and local authorities in this country on matters of urban development and renewal;
  • conserving buildings and landscapes of aesthetic and historical significance
  • gathering and dissemination of information by means of lectures, seminars and papers etc. in support of these objectives.

The UAG comprised of young, lively architects, aimed at making an impact on the architecture and development of Johannesburg, both by monitoring decisions made and buildings built and by putting forward propositions.

Notable amongst its members were
B J BRITZ,
S J BUFFLER,
C D BURDE,
B S COOKE,
C J COOKE,
H O FRANGS,
G J GALLAGHER,
D JACK,
P JONES,
A N LANGE,
R LEVITAN,
C M A LIBER,
W O MEYER,
F H PIENAAR,
P M POPLAK,
I C PRINSLOO,
S RATHOUSE,
R V RIPPON,
H J SCHIRMACHER,
I SCHLAPOBERSKY,
B SPOONER,
C STRETTON,
B VLOOTHUIS,
D WALDMAN

From these emerged the Urban Action Teaching Group.

[extracted and edited from BRYERUniversity of the Witwatersrand School of Architecture]