Urban Room comprising benches and trees
Urban Room comprising benches and trees

Diagramatic sketch illustrating spatial relationships of Hector Pieterson Square
Diagramatic sketch illustrating spatial relationships of Hector Pieterson Square

Typical street section
Typical street section

Urban Room comprising benches and trees
Urban Room comprising benches and trees

VILAKAZI STREET PRECINCT

ORLANDO WEST, SOWETO, JOHANNESBURG

In Collaboration with Ikemeleng Architects, Calsarel Womans Project

 

2010

Home to two Nobel Laureates and the epicenter of the infamous 1976 Student Uprising, the Vilakazi Street Precinct project seeks to spatially articulate and acknowledge these significant figures and events through an public environment upgrade. Conceptualised as a “living museum” the project seeks to negotiate the aspirations of locals and tourists alike, integrating sites of rich historical value with the everyday hustle and bustle of the street. Together with the curated implementation of public art, layered neighbourhood narratives are revealed through landscaping, street furniture, signage and surface treatment.