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Author:Clarke, Nicholas J; Fisher, Roger C & Kuipers, Marieke C
Title:Common Ground : Dutch-South African Architectural Exchanges 1902-1961
Place:The Netherlands
Publisher:LM Publishers

On Friday December 3 2021 a book launch was held at the Bokmakiri bookshop in Swellendam. A talk was given by Prof. Roger Fisher. Click HERE to watch a video of the talk.

On Tuesday October 19 2021 was the international book launch with speakers in Amsterdam, Pretoria, Cape Town and Swellendam. Click HERE to watch a video of the launch.

2023: The book received the PIA Award for Excellence.



The submission is a book entitled Common Ground, edited by Nicholas Clarke, Roger Fisher and Marieke Kuipers. Apart from the editors, who also authored chapters, there are contributions from 12 other authors and five sections labelled "Interlude". It was published in 2021 by LM Publishers of the Netherlands.

The subtitle of this book may be misleading. Dutch-South African Architectural Exchanges 1902-1961 describes mostly, as the abstract states, the contribution and influence of Dutch-born émigré architects on the South African built environment. Each chapter demonstrates a deep engagement with little-known archival material and historical facts from the first half of the twentieth century until South Africa became a republic. The fact that this period is at the cusp of coloniality and the rise of freedom movements is significant as it reveals substantial influences and divisions in the built environment.

The editors have extensive experience in producing influential books, while the contributing authors are, for the most, respected academics. All the chapters are well-researched, competently argued and written, and unquestionably original scholarly work. The authors present facts and archival material that has never - or at best, only marginally - been part of the discourse on architectural history. As such Common Ground significantly contributes to our knowledge and understanding of the Dutch contribution to the South African built environment. It is timeous and a worthy successor to Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens: A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa

A website (The Heritage Portal) describes the book as a brilliant and welcome addition to architectural literature. We concur with that statement.

Citation by Gerald Steyn and Nico Botes.

Award Certificate. Photographer Johan Swart - 2023

Award trophe. Photographer Johan Swart - 2023

Award Citation, certificate and trophe. Photographer Johan Swart - 2023

Chapters/Entries in this book

1In Search of Shared Heritage

Kuipers, Marieke7
2The Netherlands - Country of Emigration

Kuipers, Marieke23
INTERLUDE Educating the Dutch Architect

van der Wal, Lizette & Kuipers, Marieke49
3Two Waves of Dutch Immigration to South Africa

Antonites, Annie55
INTERLUDE Cross-Continental Careers

Clarke, Nicholas & Kuipers, Marieke67
4Public Service and Community Buildings

Clarke, Nicholas75
INTERLUDE Celebrating the Commemoration

Kuipers, Marieke93
5Building for Communities of Faith

Clarke, Nicholas99
6Building for Banking and Industry

Deacon, Catherine & Pienaar, Marguerite119
7Evolution of the Pretoria Dwelling

Barker, Arthur139
INTERLUDE Kitchen: Heart of the Home

de Haan, Esther157
8Model Township Attridgeville

Aphane, Mathebe & Somer, Kees163
9Technological Trajectories from North to South

Louw, Michael181
INTERLUDE Water and Concrete / Cape Town Foreshore Harbour

Fisher, Roger199
10Tectonic Archives

Swart, Johan207
11Constructing Stories

Lange, Mary & Fisher, Roger229
12Reflections and Projections

Mswinga, Ben241

Buildings linked to this book

Camphill Village West Coast Chapel, c1964, Klein Dassenberg, Malmesbury, Western Cape. pp 73 ill, 84
Gereformeerde Kerk, 1955, Pretoria North, Gauteng. pp 104 ill
Gereformeerde Kerk, 1951, Brooklyn, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 104-105, 105 ill
Hoërskool Porterville High School, 1959, Porterville, Western Cape. pp 82
Judge Clothing Factory - Rex Trueform, 1937, Woodstock, Western Cape. pp 72, 130, 131 ill
Louis Botha Memorial Home for Children / Louis Botha Home / Tshwane Regional Hospital Pharmacy, 1923 : 1933, Prinshoff, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 84 ill
M Bertish Co - House of Monatic, n.d., Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 131, 137, 222
Meischke Building, 1913, Central, Johannesburg, Gauteng. pp 67
Mobbs Factory, 1952, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape. pp 131 ill, 189, 190, 191 ill
Murray’s Bay Harbour, 1940 : 1957, Robben Island, Western Cape. pp 201 ill.; 202
Nedbank Building, 1962, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 125
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk, 1942, Pinelands, Western Cape. pp 106, 107 ill
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk, 1960s [?], Harmonie, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 108, 108 ill
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk - Kerkenberg, 1942, Harrismith, Free State. pp 103 ill
Netherlands Bank Building, 1958, Bloemfontein, Free State. pp 123, 124 ill
Newlands Swimming Pool, 1955 - 1962, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 20, 20 ill, 190, 191, 191 ill, 221
North End Public Library, 1936, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape. pp 15 ill
Our Lady of Victories Catholic Cathedral, 1955, Maseru, Lesotho. pp 110 ill, 111
Sacred Heart Cathedral, 1962, Bloemfontein, Free State. pp 113
Savelkouls, 1949, Central, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 19 ill, 20
Shell Training Centre - SA Naval College, c1950, Muizenberg, Western Cape. pp 133 ill, 134
St Conrad's Catholic Church, 1959, Vrede, Free State. pp 15 ill
St John Vianney Seminary, 1950-1952, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 109-110, 109 ill, 110 ill
St Mary of the Wayside Catholic Church, 1959, Maryvale, Johannesburg, Gauteng. pp 111, 112 ill
St Pius X Catholic Church, 1957, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 111, 111 ill
St Rose of Lima, 1954, Bochabela, Bloemfontein, Free State. pp 110, 110 ill
Sturrock Graving Dock – Table Bay Harbour, 1945, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 202-203
Table Bay Foreshore Reclamation, 1930s-1940s, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 198-205
Table Bay Harbour – Duncan Docks, 1940s, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 199, 202
United Reformed Church - Die Ark, 1967, Beaufort West, Western Cape. pp 98 ill, 115, 115 ill

People or firms linked to this book

ANDREWS and NIEGEMAN. pp 17, 71, 72, 83, 86, 131, 137, 159, 185, 186, 187, 189, 190, 191, 193, 194, 222, 224, 245
BAKER, Sir Herbert. pp 75
GEERS, Leendert Marinus. pp 75
HOFMAN, Paulus Johannes Cornelius. pp 75
MEISCHKE, Johan Coenraad. pp 67-68
SIEMERINK, Hendrik. pp 75