2015 has proven to be a very busy year with several initiatives coming together to form quite an adventurous trip.
A joint research and experiential exchange arranged between SDI International, the South Africa SDI Alliance and myself in regard to developing a similar network in South Africa.
Click here to see the full story of the 2015 3rd Regional Community Architecture Network Workshop held in Manila, Phillipines
London - Part 1
Through an agreement with the various supporters, I arranged to stop over in London en route to the later part of this trip in order to joing my colleagues from the University of Johannesburg who are busy initiating a paradigm shift in it's post graduate programme of Architecture and arranged several visits to School's of Architecture in London during the Summer Festival of Architecture to develop a further understanding of the Unit System.
|House Boat visit with friends in London|
|Summer Exhibition through the street facade|
|University of Johannesburg colleagues touring London Met with staff members|
|Jeremy Till's Unit|
In order to break the long trip up for medical reason's I managed to arrange a short stay in Boston, where I visited several friends involved in Architecture and global urbanism
|The Big Dig common space|
|The New England Holocaust Memorial by South African Stanley Saitowitz|
|Media Lab with Carsen Smuts|
|Too happy to see even Harvard still uses thumb tacks|
|When your offered to see the sites by yacht captain....|
Columbia University - GSAPP
|Happy to see messy studios|
The High Line
The KV Leuvan and the University of Guayaquil arranged an intensive summer school that I was fortunate enough to be selected for their scholarship programme and attend.
London - Part 2
To make and break the return trip home for the same medical reasons, a second visit to London was arranged, where I got to meet up with several key practitioners such as Julia King, who had just completed an exciting Design/Build with the Bartlett School of Architecture's undergraduate department.
|The Barbican, because|
Nairobi - Unit 2 Field Trip
By chance the UJ Unit 2 field trip ended up fitting perfectly onto the tail end of this trip and I met the unit in Nairobi, and led the week-long experience with my colleagues Dr. Amira Osman
Being positioned so isolated in the 'global south' we don't get to see in person such a diversity of approaches, values and work - this trip exposed me to such a vast array of work and practices that I now understand has deepened my position and values in regard to design & practice.