Wolff Architects with Ola Hassanain

‘Renewing our habits of assembly: borrowing thoughts and practices from Fred Moten and Katriena Majiet’

When students learn to make buildings in architecture schools, the traditional curriculum demands that these new buildings are conceived as potential new and empty spaces, to be filled later with things accumulated over time. But could we, instead, follow Katriena Majiet’s method, who as photographed here by Paul Grendon, is captured building around what she already has, with what she has gathered and, around what she has gathered? Majiet’s method is a demonstration of a particular habit of assembly, a knowledge of construction and a method of gathering that does not easily distinguish between what is gathered and who is gathering.

This winters school series explores her method of assembly as a potential new habit.

Ola’s research on the built environment departs from the assumption: every political phenomenon casts a ‘spatial shadow’, these shadows manifests our built environment in ways that interrogate architectural design conventions. She will present 2 projects which offered her some possibility of a ’spatial literacy’ that can help us (as a people) to aspire to different political ecologies.

  • Ticket Price: R40.00
  • Genre: Talk
  • Duration (minutes): 60mins
  • Release Date: July 26, 2021 19:30 - July 31, 2021 23:59



Wolff Architects: Ilze Wolff
Speaker: Ola Hassanain


Ola Hassanain trained her focus on the subtle politics of space – namely, how built spaces react to and reinforce violence from state entities, which in turn, creates a built environment that reflects, responds to and regulates the lives of those who inhabit it. Her most recent work explores an idea of “space as discourse,” an expanded notion of space that encompasses political and environmental questions. Her work tries to develop a spatial vocabulary that follows how ruptures presented by ‘political events’, make it possible to aspire to new kind of ecologies. Ola’s development of critical spatial practice is party informed by her post-academic training which includes an ongoing Ph.D. in Practice candidacy at the Academy of Fine Art, a BAK fellowship 2017-2018, and teaching in HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and Sandberg Institute amongst others.