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Ephermal Skin: Towards a reparational, relational, and respectful engagement with the temporal environment

The dissertation investigated the design of an algae research, design and manufacturing institute at Hartbeespoort Dam. Theories of mutualistic and regenerative architecture were researched in order to understand how architecture can be fully integrated within its natural landscape.

The design focused on permanence and temporality in nature and the built form. This allowed for a design that grows and decays with the landscape. The building will partly disappear in time, leaving just a scar on the landscape in the form of a public park after the threat posed by hazardous algae blooms and the subsequent need for algae research is no longer adamant.

The design utilised natural and recyclable materials, to allow for an architecture that temporarily heals the wounded landscape of Hartbeespoort Dam.

Architecture will always leave scars on our landscape, but as Rahul Mehrotra stated, the key is to not make permanent solutions for temporary problems.





I have always been passionate about creativity and problem-solving, and I knew that I would pursue a career in the design field. Studying architecture opens up endless possibilities in terms of understanding the essence of design in any field. I chose to study architecture not to design purely functional and aesthetic buildings but to gain a deeper understanding of how design can create innovative solutions that impact communities and the environment.

why did you choose to study architecture?

Ané Meyer


University of the Free State

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