architecture that promotes social and economic inclusion: the informal trade sector in relation to governance

My research is based on the relationship that exists between the public sector, the informal trade sector, and the public realm that they occupy in Bhisho. As a government employee I have an insider perspective of the public sector and an outside perspective of the informal trade sector.

The Provincial Government aims to develop Bhisho through several short to long term projects. One of these projects is the Bhisho Office precinct where they want to move the government departments that are currently in King Williams Town and East London to Bhisho. My study leverages on the development opportunities that will come with this office precinct.

My interest lies in the issues around the informal trade sector and the public realm and the relationship they have with the government. The key theme of the research looks at architecture that supports the coexistence of these two different user groups with varied needs and values. The aim is to offer an approach on how the Provincial Government can acknowledge the informal trade sector and transform the public realm in their development plans.

The design will be exploring the open building concept and flexible architecture. Looking at buildings as adaptable containers that accommodate a variety of activities and allow for transformation and appropriation to take place.

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