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
- 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.