Urban Scripting: Challenging the state of mind.

To be free in state of being, stationary or in velocity. This is the goal.

The storyhood of our people have been documented in the biases of thee pushed agenda. This is a fundamental understanding when looking at a body of work that counteracts the norm. Urban Scripting is an investigation of the intersections of urban design and audio-visual forms of representation. This body of work, she layers herself in the truths of her people. Slowly unraveling key points in the understanding of livelihoods.

Any and all audio-visuals are there to express a story and the use of them can be a powerful tool in the development of “Africanizing” institutions and constructs. It has the ability to redesign in real time experiences. The design of cityscapes, suburbs and townships have a history and narrative of their own. Post-Freedom, education structures, standard of living, leisure of being have not changed with the times. This may assist the aggressive agenda however this does not progress a nation. 

Extracted Thesis pages

Urban Scripting, opened my mind to a new form of storytelling within the built environment. With our technology advancement and strongly rooted conscious awakening, the language of academia needs to correlate with those it speaks of.  The ability to investigate honestly and design based on experience rather than interpreting information, is pure. This means higher engagement within the community, extensive understanding of people footprint, absorbing the culture of the space effectively and rejuvenating the representation of such spaces. 

“With our technology advancement and strongly rooted conscious awakening, the language of academia needs to correlate with those it speaks of.  “

the idea of progression.

In our multifaceted industries, the conversations of progression (not transformation or BEE ratings) needs to be adapted into our education systems because the learners of today are the leaders of tomorrow. It’s cliché but true. Let’s have intellectual forums of the nations people and document them, once a story is told long enough people begin to believe it. Let us not forget the power of our storytelling within our cultures, may it enhance the decisions of tomorrow.

“Let us not forget the power of our storytelling within our cultures, may it enhance the decisions of tomorrow.”

Back to the roots of our fruits.

Partially, for space making by the people for the people, experience is the product of reality. To understand one’s experience is to progress forward in the spatial development. Projects are not faceless and as such the representation should not appear to be so. These spaces are connected to the livelihood of others, the respect and dignity needs to return to the people of this nation. 

Freedom in space is ?

As the youngest panelist, it was an honour to contribute my thoughts and feelings. The man of the hour, Solam Mkhabela: a revolutionist that subtly evokes the minds of many. The creator of Urban Scripting has paved the way into a closer discover in African Architecture and Urban Planning. I only ask, how do we design a space of freedom in our diversity? And I know it will take time.

Penny for your thought…

8 thoughts on “Urban Scripting: Challenging the state of mind.

  1. Stephen Kirker says:

    There is some confusing stuff in here….like I don’t understand what the argument is. Some words seem out of place. But maybe I’m too simple. Some observations are very enlightening and important too though.


  2. Grant Makhathini says:

    This is a thought provoking article. As a person outside the architectural profession, I’d definitely like to hear more on the concept of ‘African architecture’ and the concepts about it., but judging from the article it seems urban scripting begins to dissect and confront that notion.

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  3. Matimba Ngobeni says:

    The text in this article is poetic… The flow of the storey allows for an imagination of what it is like being in the spaces you are studying… It has a soul in it…

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  4. Skhumbuzo Mtshali says:

    The content of this blog and core business of Urban Scripting is, without a doubt, a prelude to a 2014 solamism quote “plan for the rich, the poor will always find a way”.

    How do we plan for indigent citizens without understanding their very basic need? It requires deliberate effort, more than just ticking boxes on a brief or attaining deliverables set out in the scope of works. Perhaps a thorough conversation under a tree in Alex or Tembisa, or inside a scorching shack in Kya Sand. Allowing the man on the ground to ”say something, and then say something else” about their version of ‘the everyday’ (“she layers herself in the truths of her people”).

    Urban Scripting paradigm captures that and more. It is a formula that gives an understanding of the often-overlooked multi-layered south. These are third spaces, existing between the urban and rural, whose metamorphosis is often organic and spontaneous resulting in what is often perceived and stereotyped as informal, chaotic, unorganised and haphazard. “Any and all audio-visuals are there”, to give undiluted accounts of the life of the man on the ground in these spaces. It’s about everyone and everything that’s been on the blindspot of the built environment for decades.

    Amandla ‘apotheosis of African urbanism’ amandla. Let’s define it, embrace it and utilise it! I hope this school of thought spreads far and wide.

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