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Rural Church Community Hall Malawi / Architecture for a Change

11:00 - 4 May, 2017
Rural Church Community Hall Malawi  / Architecture for a Change , Courtesy of Architecture for a Change
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Chimphamba village, Mijinji Distric, Malawi
  • Architect in Charge

    Dirk Coetser
  • Area

    145.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

The Legson Kayira Community Center & Primary School / Architecture for a Change

01:00 - 18 November, 2014
The Legson Kayira Community Center & Primary School / Architecture for a Change, Courtesy of Architecture for a Change
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Spotlight South Africa: Three Designs Instilling Dignity & Defeating Stigma

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
Mamelodi Pod, a home and temporary soccer club with solar electricity and rain water harvesting. Image Courtesy of Architecture for a Change
Mamelodi Pod, a home and temporary soccer club with solar electricity and rain water harvesting. Image Courtesy of Architecture for a Change

How do you undo centuries of inequality? How do you overturn an inequality so ingrained in a culture that it manifests itself physically - in the architecture of its homes and in the misshapen nature of its cities? 

This is the question post-apartheid South Africa has been struggling to answer for the past twenty years. And while the government has made many concerted efforts, for far too many the situation has remained largely the same. 

However, there are currents of change afoot. Many who have been marginalized are now working to defeat the stigma and legitimize their communities, and they are enlisting architects to the fray. From an organization in Capetown that aims to transform the role of the South African designer, to another in Johannesburg that uses design to legitimize informal architecture, to a project in one of the most violent townships in South Africa that has transformed a community, the following three projects are making a difference for the users who have the most to gain from their designs and design-thinking. All three represent not only the power of design to defeat stigma and instill dignity, but also the power of communities to incite these projects, make them their own, and enable them to thrive.

Mamelodi POD / Architecture for a Change

01:00 - 22 August, 2013
© Architecture for a Change (PTY)LTD
© Architecture for a Change (PTY)LTD
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mamelodi, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Architects in Charge

    Anton Bouwer, Dirk Coetser, John Saaiman
  • Collaborators

    Youth Zones (Supporting Organization)
  • Project Year

    2013

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