A school of the digital arts for Durban.
Smith, Gareth Erskine.
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The purpose of this research document was to determine a relevant response and appropriate architecture for the design of a School of the Digital Arts for Durban, South Africa. The nature of this architecture was generated through the investigation of current literature, case and precedent studies and personally conducted interviews with a number of informed professionals. The reason for these recommendations was ultimately the design of the facility for research and education, the goal was always the eventual application of the findings into a design. The proposed design aims to establish a centre to educate and showcase digital art, media and associated technologies and in turn improve the status of art and design in Durban. The design is strongly connected to present digital media, information and communication and the possibilities that they hold for the future. The close connection to the industry is one of the principals on which the school is based and therefore the siting of the proposed design became important, it attempts to add to the urban domain and development of the southern part of the Florida Road Precinct by enhancing diversity and a creation of a gateway into the precinct.