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    Hidden Johannesburg

    ISBN: 9781770079922
    Format: hardback
    Hidden Johannesburg offers a snapshot of 28 notable buildings. From the stately mansions of the Randlords to their downtown headquarters, the clubs where they socialised and the churches where they worshipped, the architecture of early Johannesburg lives on in sandstone, granite, marble and slate.
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    Johannesburg: Egoli to some, Jozi to others. Once a mining town, now the most important commercial city in Africa. ItÆs been home to renegades and rogues, colonialists and capitalists, the dispossessed and the newly enriched. Today itÆs populated by those who call themselves Africans or Afrikaners, by blacks, whites and every shade inbetween, and by immigrants from all over. There are suburbs where the daily rituals of Jewish culture rival New YorkÆs; elsewhere, the tone is more Lagos than laid-back. Remnants of the colonial era stand alongside contemporary steel and glass. In a town that prides itself on the pursuit of fortune, itÆs a challenge to preserve heritage, and it is against this background that Hidden Johannesburg offers a snapshot of 28 notable buildings. From the stately mansions of the Randlords to their downtown headquarters, the clubs where they socialised and the churches where they worshipped, the architecture of early Johannesburg lives on in sandstone, granite, marble and slate. But this is a city that constantly reinvents itself, and where the old is all-too-readily demolished to make way for the next æbig thingÆ. Some buildings will survive, others will be consigned to memory . Hidden Johannesburg reveals fragments of the history of this vibrant city but, perhaps, the book also tells us something about our future, for if we allow our heritage to be swept away in the name of progress, are we advancing at all?
    Johannesburg: Egoli to some, Jozi to others. Once a mining town, now the most important commercial city in Africa. ItÆs been home to renegades and rogues, colonialists and capitalists, the dispossessed and the newly enriched. Today itÆs populated by those who call themselves Africans or Afrikaners, by blacks, whites and every shade inbetween, and by immigrants from all over. There are suburbs where the daily rituals of Jewish culture rival New YorkÆs; elsewhere, the tone is more Lagos than laid-back. Remnants of the colonial era stand alongside contemporary steel and glass. In a town that prides itself on the pursuit of fortune, itÆs a challenge to preserve heritage, and it is against this background that Hidden Johannesburg offers a snapshot of 28 notable buildings. From the stately mansions of the Randlords to their downtown headquarters, the clubs where they socialised and the churches where they worshipped, the architecture of early Johannesburg lives on in sandstone, granite, marble and slate. But this is a city that constantly reinvents itself, and where the old is all-too-readily demolished to make way for the next æbig thingÆ. Some buildings will survive, others will be consigned to memory . Hidden Johannesburg reveals fragments of the history of this vibrant city but, perhaps, the book also tells us something about our future, for if we allow our heritage to be swept away in the name of progress, are we advancing at all?
    Products specifications
    Contributor Duncan, Paul; Proust, Alain
    Language English
    Format hardback
    Height 260.0
    Width 250.0
    Weight 1560
    Publisher Struik Nature
    Publication Date 2016-06-30
    Short Description Hidden Johannesburg offers a snapshot of 28 notable buildings. From the stately mansions of the Randlords to their downtown headquarters, the clubs where they socialised and the churches where they worshipped, the architecture of early Johannesburg lives on in sandstone, granite, marble and slate.
    Full Description Johannesburg: Egoli to some, Jozi to others. Once a mining town, now the most important commercial city in Africa. ItÆs been home to renegades and rogues, colonialists and capitalists, the dispossessed and the newly enriched. Today itÆs populated by those who call themselves Africans or Afrikaners, by blacks, whites and every shade inbetween, and by immigrants from all over. There are suburbs where the daily rituals of Jewish culture rival New YorkÆs; elsewhere, the tone is more Lagos than laid-back. Remnants of the colonial era stand alongside contemporary steel and glass. In a town that prides itself on the pursuit of fortune, itÆs a challenge to preserve heritage, and it is against this background that Hidden Johannesburg offers a snapshot of 28 notable buildings. From the stately mansions of the Randlords to their downtown headquarters, the clubs where they socialised and the churches where they worshipped, the architecture of early Johannesburg lives on in sandstone, granite, marble and slate. But this is a city that constantly reinvents itself, and where the old is all-too-readily demolished to make way for the next æbig thingÆ. Some buildings will survive, others will be consigned to memory . Hidden Johannesburg reveals fragments of the history of this vibrant city but, perhaps, the book also tells us something about our future, for if we allow our heritage to be swept away in the name of progress, are we advancing at all?
    Author Biography Paul DuncanÆs books include Hidden Cape Town, South African Artists at Home and Style Icons for Struik Lifestyle, the Cape Town Louis Vuitton City Guide, and Perfect Hideaways in South Africa. A former editor of Conde Nast æHouse & GardenÆ (South Africa), he is now an independent media consultant. Alain Proust, one of South AfricaÆs leading photographers, has worked on books such as Hidden Cape Town; South African Artists at Home; Colonial Houses of South Africa; A Portrait of Cape Town; Groote Schuur: great granary to stately home; and Nederburg: the fi rst two hundred years.