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tapiwanashen mbire


enclosure: market infrastructure upgrades using the abstraction of vernacular knowledge and regional material

This spatial inquiry has a vested interest in determining criteria and methodology that might bring about an increased sense of connectedness between occupant and building. The overarching outlook perceives contemporary modes of articulating the built fabric, within a southern Afrikan context, as insufficiently relating with the people and culture with which the object will interact with. That is to say building methods and ideologies developed primarily for a eurocentric loci have been adapted globally as universal criteria. The advent of colonialism is generally regarded as the hallmark and guiding factor behind this current circumstance. For the purpose of developing a holistic engagement with the aforementioned conditions, decolonial theory from Frans Fanon et al will create a framework to underpin the subsequent narratives on engaging with or developing alternative practices regarding construction technique and the process of its evolution. The alternative practices being developed primarily take precedent from regional vernacular technique chronologically practiced prior to colonial arrival up until the present.

The outcome is for the use of vernacular knowledge and regional material to develop a discreet balanced relationship with contemporary modes of production to better serve the unique and bespoke needs of their intended occupants, rather than applying a “universal” solution to endemic issues.

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