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Thesis Thursday: Utopia of the Third World

Thesis Thursday is an architectural series showcasing a selection of dissertations produced by the UCT M.Arch (prof) graduates of 2013. Week 3: Ruvimbo searches for a contemporary African Landscape.

Philippi Farmland Site Plan

Recovery of the Real: Up Close Cape Town

This series of posts will look at a few of the projects produced by the students of Unit 17 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, during a field trip to Cape Town. The first project to feature is entitled ‘Strategy for Philippi Farming’. This project defines a strategy for the 4528 hectares of mixed unconsolidated land of Philippi, to intervene in the unregulated mining industry re-mediating the landscape to harness water and wind for the production of energy and food. It proposed solutions to macro instability at micro level, proposing to intensify the productivity of the Phillippi community so they could absorb external fluctuations whilst prospering through internal enterprise.