Arebueng Saense! Lets Talk Science!
To work on this project, a commmunity focused science centre for marginalized communities in Rustenburg, South Africa, we formed a diverse and multidisciplinary team. We used workshops with local stakeholders to develop the project’s design. These workshops provided an opportunity to challenge our ideas and suppositions by presenting the project to future users of the science centre.
Taking into consideration the collaborative nature of this project, and with the ambition of creating a more interactive relationship between the design team and local stakeholders and collaborators, the team explored numerous collaborative design methodologies. In the end, the team decided on develop and utilize a card game concept, where the cards would synthesize the research and also provide an opportunity for play and discussion.
Full-time unpaid work in the DET Lab with Professor Aziza Chaouni – University of Toronto, Summer 2014 (from May 1st to August 15th for 40 hours/week).
Position of Research and Designer Assistant on the design development phase of a design-built project that included a community center and ecotourism accommodations for an AGO in Rustenburg, South Africa.
in order to synthesize the research done
in the first phase of the project prior to our
visit to South Africa.
sand mining which pre-existed on the site,
the Below Us Pavilion explores themes
which happen below ground, namely
mining and archaeology. Mining celebrates
the dominant local industry, empowering
locals by showing them the connection
between their livelihood and the world.
Archaeology connects South Africans to
their rich and extended cultural heritage,
often forgotten in daily life.
interior exhibition spaces and gardens, the
Among Us Pavilion explores the issues of
things that surround us including ecology,
agriculture, and society.
11 gardens, representing the 7 bioregions of Rustenburg and the 4 main agricultural products of the North West Province invite
users to consider issues of ecology and
agroindustry, reflecting on the coexistence
of man-made and natural landscapes.
during the excavation for the Below Us
Pavilion, the Above Us building explores
themes which are important to South
Africans: religion, astronomy, and the
creation of the universe. The very form of the building is a teaching tool, with apertures designed to align with celestial events such as the solstice and equinox
and the oculus serving as a marker of the
sun`s movement through the sky.