This website aims to serve as both a platform and a resource for design practitioners who are working towards spatial justice in South Africa.
It has been designed to convey key concepts quickly, easily, and give access to further resources and perspectives beyond the editor’s views.
*NOTE: This website is still under construction and is only public as a beta version to allow for co-production in this early stage of publication.
Key Concepts for Just Spatial Design in South Africa
A combined social & technical service for the development of both an understanding as well as an output…
The unequal distribution or access to resources and/or opportunities based on location…
An inclusive framing of a collective built environment design approach to practice...
A concept that fundamentally connects the idea of social justice to urban space…
Approaching Spatial Design Practice in South Africa
The spatial legacy of the colonial and Apartheid systems across South African rural areas, towns, and cities remains one of the most tangible and enduring social ills of our post -1994 democracy. The systemic nature of spatial inequality makes addressing the root causes all the more difficult because the effects continually reinforce the many cross-sectoral social challenges that make South African re-development practice so complex.
The ideas outlined here come from the traditions of architectural training and practice but leave behind the boundaries and titles of the profession, expanding the disciplinary practice of space-making to radically include actors at the grass-roots scale, draw upon diverse social and technical experiences and proactively recognise the power imbalances that undermine the current efforts supporting South Africa’s post-1994 spatial re-development.
The framing of these design approaches is born from a critical recognition of the complexity of Spatial Inequality in South African life and the subsequent exclusion of the grass-roots people, neighborhoods and collectives most affected by this from the ‘professionalised’ aspects of re-development efforts.
DISCLAIMER: This website does not claim to be an exhaustive collection of information on these topics, rather an introductory space with links to deeper resources and references. If you feel there anything missing, incorrect or would like to include your voice on this platform, please contact the editors.
Practice Concepts for Just Spatial Design in South Africa