[IN]FORMAL CITY - OPEN CALL
THE [IN]FORMAL CITY exchange programme seeks to explore and investigate informal processes of city-making in Berlin and Johannesburg in order to broaden the definition and understandings of Informality through the analysis of two specific projects. Projects are linked to and placed within organised groups (such as NGOs) who work together with citizens / activists on a neighbourhood scale. “Informal development processes” in disciplines related to city-making, stand at the centre of this four week intercultural exchange. The analysis of differences and understanding of the structural and culturally-specific approaches will form the basis for exchange and opportunity to develop strategies where participants from different backgrounds will work together in both cities.
A blog will be set up for the project to document the exchange and engagement on a daily basis during both the Berlin & Johannesburg exchanges. The Technical University Berlin has committed to fund a full, printed publication in 2014 (t.b.c).
Anton Harber's new book 'DIEPSLOOT', launched this month, offers a multi-faceted view into one of South Africa's most complex and misunderstood places. This is where we have been working for the past 3 years...; See chapter 8 for an account of 26'10 in Diepsloot.
CONSTRUCTION IN DIEPSLOOT
Construction is in progress on Diepsloot's main taxi rank upgrade, a linear market and non-motorised transport links including to new pedestrian bridges. The project is implemented by the JDA with 26'10 as architects and urban designers.
26'10 will be continuing its collaboration with the Goethe-Institut on ‘Housing and the Informal City'. The research project is being carried forward as a course for the University of Johannesburg's new Master's Programme in Architecture. Students will be tasked with developing and illustrating strategies for the upgrading of an informal settlement. An exhibition of the outcomes is planned for Goethe on Main in September / October this year.
On Sunday 20 February the 400m Subway Artwork mural was officially opened to a vibrant street parade and celebration. The artwork documents the history of the Fordsburg and Fietas communities, which the subway connects.
The artwork underwent a significant rework by artists Reg Pakari, Rookeya Gardee and Bronwyn Lace. Based mainly on historical photographs by David Goldblatt and community meetings, the artwork uses large iconic, cultural symbols from Fietas and Fordsburg's past. These include children flying kites, the historical Docrat Ruin, a local character Harry the Fat Man, pass controls etc.
26'10 south Architects and the Trinity Session completed the project together with implementation agent Bie Venter. To read more click here
We are pleased to announce that 26'10 and Lindsay Bremner have jointly won an international architecture prize for a first built work. The irony is not lost on us that, in the absence of a budget, the content (in the form of cultural events) rather than the building was delivered! The prize is awarded annually across several categories and is organised by Bauwelt, an architecture magazine based in Berlin. The Sans Souci Project received the first ‘Sonderpreis'; (special prize) in the history of the award for the level of its social and political engagement. See www.bauwelt.de for more information as well as other winning projects.
26'10 has been chosen as one of South Africa's top practices featured in Wallpaper's November 2010 issue. View the article here
This is an ongoing project in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, South Africa and Prof Lone Poulsen. Please visit the website www.housinginformalcity.co.za which will form a teaching resource for a Housing Unit to be taught at both UJ and Wits University in 2011.