'Day in a life' Series of photographs in inner city Johannesburg by Madoda Mkhobeni, commissioned by Wits City Institute for the Getty Foundation
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Wits City Institute

The Wits City Institute, located on the Braamfontein Campus of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, stimulates and produces excellent, creative research. The City Institute is the last of the six 21st Century Research Institutes to be established by Wits. The purpose of establishing a City Institute at Wits is to grow a still stronger research environment around an identified common focus: critical theory in the spatial disciplines around the city and its complexities with a humanities approach.

The development of the Institute as a substantive presence in the intellectual landscape of city research in South Africa and elsewhere is under the directorship of Professor Noëleen Murray who holds the A.W. Mellon Foundation Chair of Critical Architecture and Urbanism. Generously funded by the A.W.Mellon Foundation, the institute develops the University's contribution to the growing dialogue and collaboratoin at the intersection of the humanities, architecture and urbanism, the core focus around the prestigious award in the Foundations Humanities Architecture and Urbanism grant category.




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