University of Pretoria
Degree: Architecture, 2013, University of Pretoria
This dissertation grew from an investigation of the farm
Doornkloof in Irene, Pretoria. The farm was home to General Jan
Smuts and it is here that he wrote his seminal philosophical work
“Holism and Evolution” and found his own grass specie Digitaria
Smutsii. The theoretical investigation is rooted in the
interpretation of Holism, as an architectural theory, which informs
the proposed design intervention. This study is informed by an
analysis of the area of Irene, its origins and its future growth
lead to the development of a holistic framework. This study
proposes to inform the future socio-economic and historical
importance of the farm as open public space for the citizens of
Tshwane and Irene. The research intervention proposes a new
architectural programmatic typology that will celebrate the
importance of the Bankenveld landscape. The systematic
rehabilitation of the grassland landscape will be achieved by
introducing small scale interventions. The series of design
interventions will rehabilitate the existing historical layers of
the site, create new interest in the farm, improve the economic
position of the Jan Smuts Foundation (the owners of the farm) and
protect the landscape for the future generation users.
Advisors/Committee Members: Botes, Nico (advisor).
Herbarium; Citizens of
Tshwane and Irene;
to Zotero / EndNote / Reference
APA (6th Edition):
Swanepoel, M. (2013). Doornkloof. (Masters Thesis). University of Pretoria. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2263/31645
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Swanepoel, Merike. “Doornkloof.” 2013. Masters Thesis, University of Pretoria. Accessed January 18, 2020.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Swanepoel, Merike. “Doornkloof.” 2013. Web. 18 Jan 2020.
Swanepoel M. Doornkloof. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Pretoria; 2013. [cited 2020 Jan 18].
Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2263/31645.
Council of Science Editors:
Swanepoel M. Doornkloof. [Masters Thesis]. University of Pretoria; 2013. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2263/31645