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Harrington Imaginings: Youth Centre and Cultural Development Lab




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This week we take a look at some of the works which emerged from the honours architecture studio entitled Flaneur, Space, Time run by Adam Lee Casey at the University of Cape Town last year. These inspiring and thought provoking works have been compiled into a book which is both graphically inspiring as well as thought provoking.

Follow the links for further information of each project as well as an online perusal of the book itself.

We asked each student contributor to sum up their project starting with the line ‘Imagine if Harrington Square…’ , accompanied by a graphic that best sums up their buildings, this is what they had to say :

Karina McKinley

Imagine if Harrington Square attempted to redefine the city by disintegrating the boundaries between natural landscape and built form, leaching the mountain through the city and re-establishing a connection between mountain and sea creating a unique space that weaves people, nature and crafts to create a whole. A place that begins to blur the lines between public threshold, leisure and education and the city and our natural environment that could manifest into an alternative community hub for youth to provide a sustainable creative space for them to enjoy. The Link, Youth Centre is centred on nature and the education and creation of basic creative skills based on the ideas of the Scout movement, as it is an existing successful system of alternative education for the youth as a way of structuring my programme.

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Charlton Botha

Imagine if Harrington Square and its surrounds embodied the social and cultural vigour of its former self? Cultural identity is not synchronized. It is not premeditated. It is not stagnant. By designing a thoroughly dynamic Cultural Development Lab within the city’s proclaimed creative epicentre, this juncture – steeped in history and invested in program that transcends the notions of age, class, and ethnic stratification – aims to encourage discourse around South African diversity. The wilful sculptural quality acts as both metaphors for exposing former affiliations as it is to suggest a departure from urban monotony.

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