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The Soweto Project - Ubuntu Park

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 of 3Radoš Vujaklija

The Soweto Project developed over the course of two months in early

2014 at two locations in Soweto – Orlando East and Noordgesig. In

Orlando East, the local residents and we turned a former public space

that had been used as a dumping ground into a community-organized

public space called Ubuntu Park. We build a stage, braai-stands

(BBQ-stands), and tables and benches together. To open Ubuntu Park,

and to celebrate the community, we organized the Soweto Street

Festival. In Noordgesig, we created two vegetable gardens at

Noordgesig Primary School, an educational approach that aims to

develop a new consciousness about food. In all these endeavors, we

followed the principles of participatory design.

- Listening to and talking with the local residents before making any

definite plan.

- Involving the community in the decision-making and design processes.

- Involving the community in the construction process.

- Transferring responsibility for the developed project to the

community in order to leave behind a sustainable work that benefits

population in the long term.