In the first week of November twenty architecture students and their lecturers will be embarking on a Design Build project in Hangberg, Houtbaai.
The Design Build Research Studio of The Department of Architectural Technology and Interior Design at CPUT, in collaboration with activist designer Stephen Lamb of Touching the Earth Lightly, will be building an addition to the recently completed ‘Light House’ project. This project forms part of a wider concern for architects and architectural educators to address pressing issues of incremental on-site upgrading in impoverished areas, addressing aspects of sustainability, ground water flooding, shack fires and food security.
Design Build is an architectural pedagogy in which students and their lecturers interact with various stakeholders and community members, to design and subsequently build a project. This educational process is globally gaining ground and is the subject of two doctoral theses in the Department. Through immersion in real world situations, students are introduced to an alternative form of practice, facilitated to ‘learn by doing’ and inspired to start affecting broader change in their societies.