James Urdang and Marlene Wagner: Education Africa
Education Africa’s Social Architecture program is an ongoing project that seeks to improve impoverished South African communities through the design of built facilities. With the joint collaboration between Education Africa and several international universities, architecture students are given the opportunity to design and ultimately, construct affordable building for local communities. Throughout the design process, an emphasis is made on the use of local and inexpensive materials, which consequently helps to encourage innovative architectural solutions.
In addition to working closely with students, Education Africa also engages in active communication with the local governments, community officials, and South African businesses in order to effectively identify the needed facilities and their appropriate locations. Once this has been determined, a constant dialogue between all participating members continues forth to ensure that the built facilities are properly maintained and used. Theories on affordable housing are thus allowed to manifest themselves through the direct participation of students, beginning with the design phase and into the construction process itself.
A lecture presenting more information on the program will be given on Thursday, September 18 at 5:15 p.m. in Kaufman Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall.
James Urdang, Education Africa Executive Director
Marlene Wagner, Team Leader from Salzburg University