Architecture Sans Frontiers - United Kingdom (ASF-UK) has been conducting their Change by Design workshops since 2009 in various counties; Brazil, Kenya, England and Ecuador.
These workshops explore participatory design as a tool for advocacy and socio-spatial transformation in informal settlements, in collaboration with grass roots organizations, local NGOs and governmental agencies involved in slum upgrading and housing rights.
This year they arranged the workshop in Cape Town, alongside the Development Action Group (DAG)'s Re-Imagining the City campaign and invited myself amongst many other practitioners to facilitate the workshop:
"The focus of our upcoming workshop is the neighbourhood of Woodstock, in Cape Town, South Africa. Here, ASF-UK is teaming up with the NGO Development Action Group (DAG) and diverse groups of local stakeholders to explore how inner-city urban regeneration can be re-imagined as a process that brings about more equitable and democratic city development in Cape Town"
The workshop employs a holistic approach at 4 different scales: Dwelling, Community, City and Policy & Planning that works with existing initiatives (DAG) to support work being conducted on the ground.
Cape Town Workshop
We worked from DAG's newly opened DAG Cafe, a space planned to be a platform for future discussion around DAG's Re-Imagining Settlement's Programme.
I was assigned to the the Dwelling group where we developed a tool to capture the Life World Mapping of the various sites we set to engage with.
|Gympie Street Mapping|
|Pine Road Mapping|
These findings were then works- hopped through a series of exercises conducted at the DAG Cafe,
This exercise was carefully designed and facilitated by the ASF Team in two parts, one that asked residents to 'build' their dream home, then asked residents to discuss together aspects of neighbourhood and possible links to future threats.
The findings from all the exercises were carefully collected and collated into the final day workshop that brought together all the various scales of the workshop as well as various stakeholders in DAG's projects.
The workshop concluded with a facilitated discussion between the participants and the CBO's. The next step from the facilitation team is to complete the report for DAG as well as package and share the data gathered during the workshop .
Reports from previous CBD Workshops: