On 12 and 13 April 2013, Future Cape Town will be hosting a group of students from the Strelka Institute of Design, Media and Architecture, in Cape Town.
The students are part of an international educational project launched in Moscow in 2009, which relies on a ‘holistic’ approach to architecture, media and design, cross-disciplinarity and creative research to offer new solutions to urban challenges.
Strelka is an experimental postgraduate research institute with a curriculum designed and led by world renowned architect Rem Koolhaas/AMO. It provides research-based education, as well as hosting a variety of public lectures, seminars and workshops, consulting on urban development and publishing leading books on urbanism, design, media and architecture.
Their research studio is entitled “Another place: Towards the New Patterns of Cohabitation”, and their field trip to South Africa is meant as an inspirational pause between the research phase and design phase, where they will seek parallels between the search for new patterns of living between our two societies.
Friday’s programme will comprise talks and lectures from academics and professionals covering social housing, transport and specific programmes and projects related to the patterns of cohabitation in Cape Town. Saturday’s will include site visits and on-the-ground experiences in Langa, Mfuleni, Century City and Bellville.
“An institution of this breed is critical to challenging our thoughts and perspectives on the approach to tackling urban challenges of cities across the world. At Future Cape Town, the intersection between media, the built environment and design are at the centre of our approach to projects, and this collaboration with the Strelka Institute opens doors to broaden our thinking. Future Cape Town looks forward to the exchange of ideas, using the Cape Town and South African context as a platform for engaging on the important issue of social and mass housing,” said Fataar, Managing Director of Future Cape Town.
Notes to editors:
Future Cape Town is a non-profit think tank advocating for progressive urbanism and the future of our cities.
Visit http://www.strelka.com/?lang=en for more details on the school, and visit their photo gallery here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/strelka/
Follow the hashtag #StrelkaFCT to follow the tour via Twitter.
Future Cape Town is grateful to the following people who have agreed to speak to the students during their brief tour of the city:
Andrew Boraine of the Cape Town Partnership
Andrew Fleming of the Cape Town Partnership
Leon Kave of the Mfuleni Business Forum
Liza Cirolia of the African Centre for Cities
Marcela Guerrero Casas of Open Streets
Ron Haiden of MyCiTi infrastructure
Sarah Patterson of Jakupa Architects
Shahid Solomon of the Greater Tygerberg Partnership
Tony Elvin of the Langa Quarter
Vuyisa Qabaka of Abaphumeleli Business Consultants
Yehuda Raff of The Fringe District
5. On Friday they will visit:
- the CBD for a walkabout
- the Cape Town Partnership offices
- the Civic Centre
- the Fringe
- the African Centre for Cities at UCT’s upper campus
On Friday evening we will host a drinks evening to introduce the students to Capetonians and give them a chance to answer questions.
On Saturday they will visit the Langa Quarter in Langa, the proposed site for the high street in Mfuleni, Century City and Bellville.
Image courtesy of Strelka Institute photo at flickr.com
Media Office, Future Cape Town