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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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