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Designing for Spatial Justice with Wandile Mthiyane

Work alongside Wandile Mthiyane, founder of Ubuntu Design Group, to discover the power of cross-cultural community-centered design.
Designing for Spatial Justice with Wandile Mthiyane
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Participate in community-centered design to shape spaces that foster dignity with Wandile Mthiyane and a team of South African design leaders.

Learn first-hand how strong communities are built in a locally-calibrated context.

Join this interactive, live DesignClass and learn how traditional Zulu Architecture has evolved and been influenced by history, culture, and space. Then apply this knowledge to the design of a home for a resilient family in Durban, South Africa.

Photo Credit: Johnny Miller

"Start from the beginning and understand what makes a strong community."

Learn the history from local experts and community members directly.

We will go back to a time when a home was not designed to be a monument but a place to facilitate cultural experiences, reflect community values, and teach the next generation.

A home as an inclusive safe space for all who need refuge, molded to the needs of the household and built with intention.

Image Credit: Franco Frescura

"This class will bring traditional Zulu knowledge into a modern context."

Gain a new perspective on how you influence the world.

At the same time, we will be rooted in the present. Learning about modern-day architecture and how apartheid influenced and continues to influence the lives of people living in South Africa. While the institution may be long gone, its effects can still be felt and experienced by many.

The Post-Colonial Metropolis of South African Cities

Analyze and challenge conventional representations of South African cities, while reflecting on how these histories have shaped present-day dynamics.

Survey the broad contours of different trajectories of urbanization and the patterns of social, economic, and political transformation specific cities are undergoing in the era of globalization.

Our hope is to train the next generation of world architects to partner with local communities to design places that are inviting, equitable, and inclusive of all. Learn about the effects of apartheid-era architecture while being part of the ongoing community healing process through inclusive design.

In partnership with Ubuntu Education Inc.

This one of a kind class was created with leaders on the ground, doing the real work of community development.

Ubuntu Education is an intercollegiate, cross cultural program; that focuses on immersing students into a historical, socio-economic and community-driven design experience. Ubuntu Education Inc. works in partnership with (and under the tutelage of) the Umbumbulu community to tackle spatial justice.

Wandile Mthiyane
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Wandile Mthiyane

Wandile Mthiyane, founder of Ubuntu Design Group, grew up in the shanty towns of Durban, South Africa, and always dreamed of returning to make a difference in his home town. After studying architecture in the US, he moved back to his hometown to bring meaningful change.


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