08 July 2014

Session Feature - Cape Town is World Design Capital 2014: Cape Town Cultural Fieldworks

Cape Town is World Design Capital 2014. After the World Cup, the Mother City of South Africa is again on the global stage. It is also a year of celebration for architecture with UIA Durban. This opportunity should enable us – architects and researchers to rethink the process of project on the engagement of our profession in the social transformation of society. We believe that “Design” should and could profit to everybody. For “Design” to become a popular event enjoyable for all, the key question is not interest but accessibility. Our workshop is on the topic of cultural platforms in disadvantaged areas of Cape Town. Through this initiative, we would like to share our experience with designers from other places, other cultures, other contexts.

Session moderator’s is Ning Liu, a Chinese architect based in Paris and in Shanghai and visiting academic at African Centre for Cities at University of Cape Town in spring 2013, researcher at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. Liu is the Co-founder of Building for Climate architects in Paris. The office works on social and sustainable projects in developing context. One of the ongoing projects: an educational centre for handicapped children in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Carin Smuts is the invited architect to the session as an expert. Carin won the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2008. She is a South African architect based in Cape Town, has worked for 30 years in a developmental culture where participation has produced the build environment solutions, works collaboratively with communities, tertiary institutions and NGOs. One of the ongoing projects is the Guga Sthebe Arts and Culture in the township of Langa in the Western Cape and in particular the Children’s theatre, phase 2, currently under construction.

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