Designing WITH Africa is very different to designing FOR Africa. The WITH demands a commitment process and quality time spent engaged with those for whom you are designing.
Designing FOR Africa often takes place in a state of dislocation, often on another continent, in a culture distant to the one for which you are designing.
This editorial presents a timely opportunity, (this month I turned 70!!), to retrospectively look back at my career as an architect and see how collaborative practice has informed my attitude on architecture in Africa today.
The apartheid Years (1964 -1994)
In the mid 60’s I entered architectural school at the height of the apartheid oppression of the masses. Worries and questions about inequality in our society set me on a quest for a humane architecture that addressed...