Just Spatial Design ZA (JSD_ZA) is an initiative that seeks to draw, collect and share perspectives, resources and learnings from a diverse network of organisations, practices, students and various other entities and individuals who are working towards Spatial Justice through spatial design in our cities.

JSD_ZA is the current form that for this 10 year process, and aims to become a larger and more diverse digital support space for design practitioners who are working towards spatial justice in the field of spatial re/development in South Africa.

The platform was originally created as a teaching and reflective writing through 1to1 – Agency of Engagement and various lecturers and students, but is now curated by an independent editorial board. This platform seeks to build a digital space to share and include a diverse set of voices and perspectives on the intersections and overlaps of design, spatial development and spatial justice in South Africa.


JSD_ZA aims to act as both a resource and platform for those working in this sector to share their experiences, pose critical questions or explore early ideas related spatial development practice. It aims to provide an easy-to-access resource for design-based students, practitioners or researchers working in this sector:

  • To provide a platform for spatial design practitioners to share crucial and nuanced perspectives/ideas or provocations in this sector
    • Concepts for Practice
    • Tools/Toolkits
    • Links to other organisations/practices/resources
    • Literature
    • Local & Global Practitioners Profiles
  • To house a testing/thinking/reflecting space for early ideas and perspectives from the contributors (back of house/skunk works)
    • Frame nuanced/niche ideas in this sector
    • Give a platform to emerging voices
    • Create space for new ideas and concepts



Adheema Davis
Adheema is passionate about restorative spatial justice, and hold a Master of Architecture degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, her thesis entitled “The Specificity of Dignity: Reconceptualising Spatial Boundaries through a Water Reclamation Plant for Cornubia.” challenged the reproduction of the gendered apartheid township. These themes led Adheema to being selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow in 2018, through which she completed a course in Civic Engagement at the LeBow Business College at Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Her exposure to civic engagement has seen her hold the role of Vice-President at the KwaZulu-Natal Region of the South African Institute for Architects, and has supported a reflexive practice workspace that tinkers between practice and theory – currently manifesting through her research interests of heritage, language, and memory.
Jhono Bennett
Jhono Bennett is the co-founder of 1to1 – Agency of Engagement, a design-led social enterprise based in Johannesburg. 1to1 was initiated in 2010 in support of the multi-scalar work being done to re-develop post-Apartheid South African cities in the face of systemic spatial inequality.
Jhono is currently enrolled at the Bartlett School of Architecture as a doctoral candidate in the TACK / Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing network. His practice-led research interests are driven by issues of inclusive design approaches, spatial justice, critical positionality, and urban planning in South African cities.

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