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Bridging the Divide

Lutho Matanda



Dr. Finzi Saidi, Jabu Absalom Makhubu, Dickson Adu Agyei, Mandy Schindler, Prof Antonio Tomas


15 X- Remembering public Space

In a world with so many in equalities.
The Msimbazi river basin has found
itself as the great divide, splitting the
land around it into south and north
river bank.

Classism is a major part of our daily
lives. It Affects people from all walks of
life and as such there is a classist battle
taking place between the north and
south bank.

The south bank is formal and follows
urban planning schemes and houses
important services such as hospitals
and infrastructure such as tarred roads.
the north bank is informal no rules
are followed and there is no proper
infrastructure and inhabitants need
to walk a distance to get to essential

What most people view as informal or
disorganization is in fact organized. It
follows a pattern, one that does not
necessarily conform to a standard but
follows its own flow.

Most informal settlements have an
organic feel about them, they follow
the flow of the landscape upon which
they are formed, whether on flat or
varying landscape changes structures are
built according to the landscape

The challenge is to maintain Africa’s identity
create space within the African context
capture the vibrancy and allow for interaction.