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Metropolis: A fascinating discussion between Luyanda Mphalwa and Mokena Makeka in Design Indaba Magazine




Luyanda Mpahlwa + Mokena Makeka

A fascinating interview in the “Metropolis” edition of Design Indaba Magazine, where two South Africa architects, engage in discussions around an African Architectural language and identity, Cape Town Stadium and the success of Green Point Urban Park, public spaces in township communities and the broader possibilities of African Design.

They don’t want to open up into large spaces because people who come from a rural background, as most of the people in squatter areas do, like the intimacy of knowing your neighbour. People will create their own squares that are intimate. They won’t go to a big public square. – Mokena Makeka

Luyanda Mpahlwa

Architect Luyanda Mpahlwa is principal and director of MMA Architects in Cape Town. Mpahlwa completed his National Architectural Diploma in 1986 while serving a five-year term in Robben Island Prison, before going on to complete a Masters in Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin in 1997.

Mokena Makeka

Mokena Makeka is principal and founder of Makeka Design Lab. His highlight was being selected among 100 architects globally by Hertzog and de Meuron to be a part of the Ordos 100. He is a two-time recipient of the CIA Award of Merit and a 2010 nominee for the Johnnie Walker Celebrating Strides Awards in Design.