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With a clean-up action in the community and the set-up of a screen in partnership with Ithuba School Mzamba and the local Tavern, Shop and meeting place we created a public viewing space with neighbours.

Young, Old, South, North, Men and Women came together to enjoy amazing nights with South African movies and reflect on diverse project documentations from the past years.


photos: Hadrien Clair, Marlene Wagner


mapping the neighbourhood


Together with students and local construction team of neighbours and parents we did a collective mapping exercise around Mzamba and Port Edward. In discussion about typologies, use, built form and construction methods we investigated the area on the map and by walks and interviews.

We filtered near-by points of interest like shops, taverns, churches, rental-space and other income strategies as well as mapping homes of teachers, team and families. Amongst other things we discussed traditional materials, technical infrastructure, seating by sex in the round hut, the role of ancestors, land ownership and the so called new-style. Further we tried to sense our own experience crossing between these two neighbouring towns.

Special Thanks to Abraham Ngeleka, students from Slovenia, Bosnia, Hungary, Germany and Austria














photos: Hadrien Clair, Nina Savic, Marlene Wagner

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parking(day) JHB 2014

Second round of park(ing)Day in Johannesburg. This years theme was about reaching out and creating a network in-between the city and modes of connecting different parts of Johannesburg.

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The idea of the installation “Love your neighbour!” was to activate a temporary space for positive engagement. A place to celebrate diversity, love and fun – feeling light like a balloon no matter who you are, where you from and what challenges life might offer.

Park(ing) Day triggers the understanding of citizens being active designers instead of passive consumers.

By collectively shaping public space the potential of – each individual, a shared experience and a positive landmark is created for those using and making public space unconsciously and those perceiving there is no public space in Johannesburg.

The love letters to an unknown fellow citizen had an email-address to find out who received it – by now we got 8 msgs out of 146 mainly from Braamfontein but also from Parktown and one was caught it in CBD.

Team: Marlene, Delphina, Steffen, Thato, Oratile, Bronwyn