DASP Blog

Date: May 09, 2022

The Spatial planning and design studio (landscape and urbanism) brings together honours students from the Planning and Architecture disciplines. It engages with the city as an entangled, relational process to unearth unconventional organisational systems including cultural, historical and physical (natural and built) do develop inclusive approaches for humans and wildlife.

Focused on the ‘Old-Katutura’ settlement, the process seeks to strengthen ground up design and planning, and recognises these environments as a dynamic, site-specific, and continually reforming. A landscape and urbanism lens allow for the intersectional understanding with the everyday concerns of citizens and brings together appropriation, lived experiences and perception, with the natural-, historical- and cultural-landscape.

This challenges the status-quo of modernist planning that was instrumentalised during Apartheid and persist to this day, to generate more integrated neighbourhoods by foregrounding a spatial approach. These exposes students from both the planning and architecture disciplines to methodologies that go beyond the standardised and outdated policies, to reimagine place specific approaches that are flexible, adaptive and transformative. For architecture students the focus is the design of public space networks and undermines the objectification of buildings, leading to fragmented identities.

Through explorative learning and reflection, with alternative mapping methodologies at the centre of the investigation. Students are tasked to explored and develop qualitative responses that strengthen existing conditions, such as hierarchies and networks, towards an integrated urban landscape.

The Spatial design Studio module is supported by a theory course focused on global-south urbanism, a number of seminars as well as a research methodology module, running concurrently, and feeding into the studio.

 

Outcomes

To explore existing processes, students were tasked to utilise verbs of their choice to develop an alternative understanding of spatial processes which could then be utilised to develop generative approaches, applications, or concepts.

Some of the generative lenses developed by student groups this semester included:

Play (for adults and children) was utilised as a lens to develop spatial concepts for safer and more inclusive environments with recreation, spontaneity and creativity at the heart. The projects negotiate between adult recreation (alcohol consumption and associated activities) and child friendly spaces that create a public space network that weaves together civic, religious and educational institutions and incorporates ecological infrastructure.

Consumption of meat and beer, alongside the cultural consumption of ‘Herero fashion’ informs an analysis of the flow of goods and people in the ‘single-quarters’ and adjacent market, streets and bus-stop. Here the role of alleys and permeability of blocks, as well as the fine grained urban fabric were identified as key drivers of the urban character and students focused on strengthening the programmatic drivers by drawing on economic and cultural hierarchies inherent in the space.

In a different instance, ‘unearthing’ and ‘breaking’ were used as conceptual informants to negotiate between the old cemetery, the Sam Nujoma Stadium, and the adjacent residential neighbourhoods. Unearthing the history of everyday stories was seen as a means of reimagining the cemetery, stadium and residence as a means of telling the story of Katutura, resulted in an approach that seeks to imbed these stories into the urban fabric. Simultaneously, the group proposed to break through social and physical barriers to link these vastly different scales and to leverage the stadium as an additional mechanism to invigorating the surroundings by challenging its introverted nature and programmatic use.

Utilising the concept of ‘drifting’ the analysis follows in a situationist tradition to identify qualitative drivers of the space, while ‘fabricating’ looked both at the process of construction and reconstruction of the built fabric, while also analysing the intersection of smooth and striated space drawing on the deleuzian concept of ‘felt’ and ‘fabric’.

The metabolic flow of waste, materials, people, water and fauna places urban corridors and rivers as ‘green belts’ at the heart of the investigation and brings together natural- and man-made networks. It seeks to strengthen movement (pedestrian and transport) of school children and waste pickers alike.  These positions the natural and man-made spaces as the key recreational and ecological infrastructure in this strategy. Here flooding is mitigated, while insect- and birdlife are instrumental for seed dispersal.

Groups dealing with ‘narrating’ and ‘naming’ seek to unearth the stories of informal trades to challenge homogenising policy, while the various processes of naming and renaming are utilised as means of developing historical narratives. Working at various scales, the naming process utilises graffiti, signage of the various businesses and official naming processes of streets, schools and other urban components to pose questions about ownership and to foreground heterogenous interest groups.



Date: April 25, 2022

(Photo of Marley Tjitjo, director at Marley Tjito Architects Inc. handing over sponsored award to Ms Joyce Nghiitete)

 

 A big congratulations to all the hardworking students awarded at the NUST Annual Academic Awards 2022!

The students of our department received both Merit awards and Performcane awards, for the work achieved in the year 2021. 

 

MERIT AWARDS

Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning

Best 1st Year: Huumbwa Redemptus 

Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning (Honours)

Best Honours Student: Gwenneth Goreses

Sponsor: Neshila Kaboy

Bachelor of Quantity Surveying

Best 1st Year: Kandjabanga Ndemwoongela

Sponsor: INQS

Best 2nd Year: Van Neel Riduan 

Sponsor: INQS

Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Honours)

Best Honours Student: Kanghono Christine 

Sponsor: INQS

 

PERFORMANCE AWARDS

 

Bachelor of Architecture

Best 1st Year: Joyce Nghiitete

Sponsor: Marley Tjitjo Architects

Best 2nd Year: Dimpho-Dintle Moloi

Sponsor: Marley Tjitjo Architects

Best 3rd Year: Jacques van Rensburg

Sponsor: Nina Maritz Architects

Best 4th Year: Fiina Gideon

Sponsor: Nina Maritz Architects

 

Master of Architecture

Best First 5th Year: Mduduzi Tshambo

Sponsor: Dr Madelein Stoffberg

Best 6th Year Masters Thesis: Gunther Matzner

Sponsor: Nina Maritz Architects

 

Bachelor of Regional and Rural Development

Best 1st Year: Nghiteeka Yapeni

Sponsor: National Housing Enterprise (NHE)

Best 2nd Year: Haudiu Elikan

Best 3rd Year: Nekundi Hilda

 

Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning

Best 1st Year: Huumbwa Redemptus

Sponsor: Ritta Khiba

Best 2nd Year: Persaud Freida

Sponsor: Barrie Watson

Best 3rd Year: Mulonga Hope

Sponsor: Neshila Kaboy

 

Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning (Honours)

Best Honours Student: Goreses Gwenneth

Sponsor: Neshila Kaboy



Date: April 20, 2022

Post-war housing in Windhoek: Architecture and Society - Jens Wiedow

Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2022 | Time: 18h00

 
Jens Wiedow graduated with a Master of Architecture Degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa in 2006 before practicing architecture in Cape Town, Berlin and Windhoek. He joined the staff of the Department of Architecture at the Namibian University of Science and Technology in 2012 where he teaches Design Studio and Construction Technology courses. From 2020, he joined the DFG-funded research training programme at the Brandenburgische-Technische University where he is currently working on a dissertation on the post-war architecture of the South-West African Public Works Department. His research focus lies in investigating the intersection between historical buildings, construction methods and processes in the context of colonial architecture.



Date: April 01, 2022

Doctoral Research Seminar – presented by Elao Martin

Contemporary Domesticity and the Architecture of Urbanizing Northern Namibia: a case of the Owambo homestead

Date: 01 April 2022

Time: 14h30 CAT

Alumnus, Elao Marin, earned his undergraduate degree in architecture at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), and his Master’s in Architecture at the University of Johannesburg Graduate School of Architecture in South Africa. Elao has received a certificate of excellence as an 'Emerging Voice in African Architecture' from the inaugural Africa Architecture Awards 2017 in Cape Town, the 2016 Des Baker Award, and the 2019 Corobrik Award at the University of Johannesburg. He re-joined NUST as a Staff Development Fellow under the University’s Graduate Talent Acceleration Programme and is also a PhD student at the Architecture department with a research focus on socio spatial practices at the nexus of urban and communal land.

The seminar will be a live online event.



Date: March 11, 2022

To kick off the first year programme for 2022, the students started by designing a space for oneself suitable for sitting, standing or lying down. Various structures emerged of which five were selected to be built at a true 1:1 scale, aimed at experiencing the full space imagined in the models they originally built. The students commented that they enjoyed working between paper and model, understanding the development needed to bring an idea to life.

The final presentation was joined by architect, Hugo Scheepers.



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