PRACTICE

NEWS
MEDIA
AWARDS
FRIDAY SESSIONS
TEAM
SKETCHES
CONTACT

PROJECTS

     

 

 

SHARP CITY

Johannesburg, Jo'burg, Jozi, City of Gold, GP: Gangsters Paradise, Mbiza, JHB, Witwatersrand, Joeys, Joanna, Joostes, Soweto Extension, Goudstad, Kwandonga, Madiba Park, Crime & Grime City, Kwamagidasibekane, Msawawa, Plek van Goud, eMshishi, Maboneng, eMjiva, Kwandona Ziyaduma (where the walls rumble), Shishisburg, Mujondoro, Jozies

(city names - sms project 2003, sharpCITY)

sharpCITY has its roots in early collaborations between Henning Rasmuss and Thorsten Deckler. In 2003 sharpCITY was formalised together with Anne Graupner as a collective vehicle for research motivated by a passionate interest in Johannesburg. Since then several projects ranging from product to exhibition and event design were carried out.

These collaborations have enabled us to attune our practice as architects to the specific, dynamic histories and potentialities of Johannesburg and to immerse ourselves in the harsh reality, dynamism and unsung beauty of this city. This results in a way of looking at and listening to what already exists and to inform projects through the hidden, marginalised, overlooked and sublime.


Landscapes of Desire I
Entry for International competition run by Japan Architect Magazine, 1999. Awarded 3rd prize for positivistic exploration of Johannesburg as a desirable city landscape.
Team: Thorsten Deckler, Henning Rasmuss


Landscapes of Desire II
Mapping of Johannesburg urban landscapes for Venice Bienale 2000
Team: Thorsten Deckler, Henning Rasmuss


Johannesburg_Now
Exhibition on Johannesburg urban history and culture at Sao Paulo Bienal 2003
Team: Anne Graupner, Thorsten Deckler, Henning Rasmuss, Meredith Randall, Bettina Andrag, Robert Rich, Rogan Rich


Jo Burg Now!
Extended exhibition on Johannesburg urban history and culture at Architecture Centre Vienna, 2004
Team: Anne Graupner, Thorsten Deckler, Henning Rasmuss,
Graphic design: Ronel Wasserman


Utopia.Nowhere.Close
Exhibition on South African Architecture for the National Representations section at Sao Paulo Bienal 2005
Team: Anne Graupner, Thorsten Deckler, Henning Rasmuss, Bettina Andrag, Bobo Motha
Graphic design: Ronel Wasserman
Implementation: Antonio Pachoalique


Durban UIA Bid 2013
Developing conceptual rationale in a visual and textual presentation to achieve buy-in from African Union of Architects to back Durban’s bid for hosting the Union of International Architects conference in 2013
Team: Thorsten Deckler, Anne Graupner, Henning Rasmuss, Bettina Andrag, Kiran Paras


Contemporary South African Architecture in a Landscape of Transition
published by Double Storey, Cape Town, 2005
Authors: Thorsten Deckler, Anne Graupner, Henning Rasmuss
Assistant: Bettina Andrag
Graphic design: Ronel Wasserman


Jabula Ball 2006
Community project for a hand made soccer ball made of de-commissioned billboards.
Team: Anne Graupner, Thorsten Deckler, Louise Gamble


Cascoland 2006
sharpCITY collaborated with several local and international artists and designers to render a inner city space public (over a 1 month period) through events requiring minimal interventions.
Team: Anne Graupner, Thorsten Deckler, Dino Kratzididis, Andreas Hoffman