Working in Cato Manor / uMkhumbane this project involved a collaboration with the raw foundation, Sukuma Arts and Culture, maskandi musicians in Cato Manor / uMkhumbane, children who live in the area, and fourth year students from Vega.
The project involved building a multi-purpose rehearsal and performance space with and for local musicians and performers. The materials used were recycled and recyclable, taking inspiration from local urban forms of informal architecture, art and design, to develop a new approach to both aesthetics and sustainability.
Underpinning the philosophy of this project was the perspective that architecture is not only about buildings – the way that people live, work, play and move through spaces gives our neighbourhoods and cities meaning. Post-apartheid urban spaces are still contested and marked by division and therefore these kinds of initiatives are crucial in re-imagining our city. A series of cultural events and creative interventions have been key in developing the site.