Darling Intercultural Space collaboration with CPUT

Fontys University (MSc Architecture and MSc Urbanism) starts collaboration with Cape Town University of Technology (CPUT) in Intercultural Space design project.

Darling Intercultural Space is designed as a collaborative program for students and research staff from Fontys University (Architecture and Urbanism) and Cape Town (CPUT) to engage in a meaningful exchange with local authorities and residents to address the urgency and potential of designing for intercultural exchange. The program is supported by Swartland municipality and linked to a regional urban upgrading program (RSEP). The objective is to design and execute interventions in public space, over a two to three year period, ultimately contributing to Darling’s socio-economic, environmental and cultural agendas.

CPUTIn this exhibition we will present the results of the first Darling Intercultural Space workshop. 10 students from Tilburg (Fontys University, FHK) and Cape Town (CPUT) spend a week in Darling to come up with proposals for designing public space, notably The Vlei area. The program is supported by Swartland municipality and will be linked to a regional urban upgrading program. The objective is to design and execute interventions in public space, over a two to three-year program, ultimately contributing to Darling’s socio-economic, environmental and cultural agendas.

Workshop (October 14-21, 2017)

An international group of 10 participants (5 Fontys / 5 CPUT) will visit Darling in October and engage in a first, ‘ideation’ workshop. The objective is to truly grasp the nature of the issues that we are addressing while studying public space, and come up with multiple directions for solutions. Through a serious investment in understanding the context and local needs, the team will define some key problems and motivate a range of solutions that address the issues in a ‘designerly’ way. At this stage we don’t go too deep into a design solution, rather present the community and other key stakeholders with a variety of directions and devise a mechanism for them to participate in the selection process.

The Tilburg team for the first workshop (14-21 October, 2017) will incude: Veronica della Ventura, Paula Cores Barral, Fernanda Romeu, Pjotr Kalbarczyk, Peyman Soleimani & Marc Glaudemans.

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Further comment, source Fontys – “Darling is a small rural community in the beautiful Western Cape, approximately an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The place has several natural and cultural amenities that make it stand out among peer rural towns in the area. Nevertheless, at a second glance, Darling could also be considered as a microcosm, representing some of the pressing social issues of contemporary South Africa. Spatial and ethnic segregation is by far the most visible and urgent vulnerability, presenting a major challenge for generations to come, to overcome the negative effects such as unemployment, health issues and crime.

Darling Intercultural Space is designed as a collaborative program for master students and research staff from Fontys / Stadslab and Cape (CPUT) to engage in a meaningful exchange with local authorities and residents, to address the urgancy and potential of designing for intercultural exchange. The program is supported by Swartland municipality and will be linked to a regional socio-economic upgrading program (RSEP). The objective is to design and execute interventions in public space, over a two to three year program, ultimately contributing to darling’s socio-economic, environmental and cultural agendas. The Fontys-CPUT collaboration is devised as a series of workshops, following a design thinking approach, in which we will gradually move from understanding to create and deliver, ultimately leading to a co-creative process to actually build an urban intervention.”


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