2015 Trip

2015 has proven to be a very busy year with several initiatives coming together to form quite an adventurous trip.

 
A joint research and experiential exchange arranged  between SDI International, the South Africa SDI Alliance and myself in regard to developing a similar network in South Africa.

 

 
London – Part 1
 
Through an agreement with the various supporters, I arranged to stop over in London en route to the later part of this trip in order to joing my colleagues from the University of Johannesburg who are busy initiating a paradigm shift in it’s post graduate programme of Architecture and arranged several visits to School’s of Architecture in London during the Summer Festival of Architecture to develop a further understanding of the Unit System.
 

 

House Boat visit with friends in London

 

 

 

Summer Exhibition through the street facade
University of Johannesburg colleagues touring London Met with staff members

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Till’s Unit
 

 

 

 

 

 

The AA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston, USA
 
In order to break the long trip up for medical reason’s I managed to arrange a short stay in Boston, where I visited several friends involved in Architecture and global urbanism

 

Diller Schofield

 

The Big Dig common space

 

The New England Holocaust Memorial by South African Stanley Saitowitz

 

 

 

 

Media Lab with Carsen Smuts

 

http://cp.media.mit.edu/city-simulation/ 

Harvard GSD

 

 

Too happy to see even Harvard still uses thumb tacks
New York
 

 

When your offered to see the sites by yacht captain….

 

Columbia University – GSAPP

 

Happy to see messy studios

The High Line

 

 

 

 

 
The KV Leuvan and the University of Guayaquil arranged an intensive summer school that I was fortunate enough to be selected for their scholarship programme and attend.
 
 
London – Part 2
 
To make and break the return trip home for the same medical reasons, a second visit to London was arranged, where I got to meet up with several key practitioners such as Julia King, who had just completed an exciting Design/Build with the Bartlett School of Architecture’s undergraduate department.

 

The Barbican, because
Nairobi – Unit 2 Field Trip
By chance the UJ Unit 2 field trip ended up fitting perfectly onto the tail end of this trip and I met the unit in Nairobi, and led the week-long experience with my colleagues Dr. Amira Osman
 

 

After Thought

Being positioned so isolated in the ‘global south’ we don’t get to see in person such a diversity of approaches, values and work – this trip exposed me to such a vast array of work and practices that I now understand has deepened my position and values in regard to design & practice.