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Published on Aug 18, 2014
Continuing its focus on informality in the context of architecture and urban spaces, the Goethe-Institut South Africa presented an extensive side programme accompanying the International Union of Architects World Congress (UIA) which took place from 3 to 7 August 2014 in Durban.
RUSH HOUR - Acknowledging everyday practices Umkhumbane (Cato Manor) Cnr King Dinizulu Rd and Carters Ave (Across from Berea Centre)
raumlabor berlin, an experimental practice, fusing art, architecture and urbanism, in collaboration with dala, an interdisciplinary creative organisation in Durban, are building a roof constructed of used car bodies that will shelter from the sun and rain, but also be a landmark highlighting different uses of, and practices in, space. RUSH HOUR – Acknowledging everyday practices is a project by raumlabor Berlin and forms part of the Interface 2012-14 project, which is an initiative devised by dala.
raumlaborberlin is a berlin based network-collective of architects founded in 1999. raumlaborberlin works at the intersection of architecture, city planning, art and urban intervention. We address in our work city and urban renewal as a process. We are attracted to difficult urban locations. Places torn between different systems, time periods or planning ideologies that cannot adapt. Places that are abandoned, left over or in transition that contains some relevance for the processes of urban transformations. www.raumlabor.net
dala (dala = isiZulu verb “to make / create”) is an interdisciplinary creative collective that believes in the transformative role of creativity in building safer and more liveable cities. dala emerged as a response to the growing need for a sustainable space for creative practitioners actively engaging in the production of art / architecture for social change in eThekwini. dala believes that sustainable change can only happen through democratic participation and collaboration. dala therefore facilitates creative initiatives between creative practitioners from a variety of backgrounds (artists, architects, researchers, performers, urban planners, designers), the municipality and most importantly the people and organisations that live and work within and around the city. Dala’s initiatives all revolve around re-imagining the use and expression in and of public space. Founders, doung Jahangeer, Rike Sitas and Nontobeko Ntombela have been working on similar initiatives individually and collectively for close to ten years. The strength of dala lies in the interdisciplinary skills the founders bring to the organization: doung (architect), Rike (social scientist), Nonto (curator). All three are practicing artists and educators who have been involved in a number of local and international projects and exhibitions. www.dala.org.za