… As they transform city spaces during weeklong workshop
SEVENTY students from the Namibia University Science and Technology (NUST) Department of Architecture have participated in a weeklong workshop, known as the Vertical Studio Programme.
The content of the programme, which was introduced for the first time, goes beyond the scope of the core curriculum that students need to master during their studies.
The initiative required the students to visit different areas in the city, including Hope Village, Zoo Park and Herero Mall, to embark on a variety of projects that ranged from designing landscapes with the presence and absence of water, making urban installations and assessing urban informal economies. At the Hope Village, students designed and built a landscape around the premises, thus learning about theoretical and practical aspects of landscape architecture, in the process.
The group that visited Zoo Park designed three interventions, which they then built and installed in the public space. The installations were student-funded and had to incorporate or express the theme of ‘connectivity’ as concept.
The students that were designated to the Herero Mall area were tasked to map, analyse and visualise informal business activities in the vicinity, from an economic, social and spatial angle, in order to understand the impact on the future of the city.
Hope Village manager, Kingston Makoni, said, “When we were approached for this project, we were excited. We knew the space will be transformed, but never in our wild imaginations did we expect this kind of transformation. We are truly fortunate. We really want to thank the students for all their hard work and creative minds.”
In turn, the students expressed their gratitude for the experience and the opportunity to be able to make a difference in the community.
The workshop involved first to final year students, and it also served as a platform for the group to engage in team-building exercises.
The NUST Bachelor of Architecture Degree is a three-year programme that is awarded to students credited with a minimum of 400 credits at NQF Level 7. For more information please visit http://fnrss.nust.na.
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