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to African urban dweller and dwelling experiences today.

On Locality | Women Facing Place

This MA episode is an accompaniment to a greater visual collaborative piece co-created by 4 exceptional women who were travelling and dwelling in new and different cities across the globe.  The episode can be found in the original article published on 6 August 2017. The series of stories speaks to the various perspectives of (non)locality that each of these women face. New and sometimes familiar place. These women include photographer Amy Braaf, designer and photographer Tshegofatso Mako, economist Gabrielle Cohen and architectural designer Josephine Dalberg.

Exploring the choice and agency that urban dwellers have when deciding and identifying with various localities; this episode is prefaced with reference to Teju Cole and Taiye Selasi who speak about locality in different media. This episode thinks about the intersectionality of belonging: finding it, encountering it, naming it? Scales of locality become a topic of question.

This episode is narrated by MA researcher, Khensani de Klerk and was originally published on August 6th 2017.

Seapoint Narratives

This MA episode is accompanied by a photomontage visual that compliments and evokes a greater understanding of the spoken/written content and so we urge you to visit the original post to gain a full understanding of the episode. With great reference to Landscape Architecture Professor Blake Belengar’s Situating Eidetic Photomontage in Contemporary Landscape Architecture, this episode speaks about the potential of using photomontages as a language that can enable maximum access to reading space by people who are not experts in the formal spatial industry. The accompanying image speaks to the political conflict of land tenure and evictions in Seapoint, Cape Town and is used as an evocative tool to give an example of the power of photomontage as a medium to articulate the lived, social, political and spatial dynamic of the contested site.

This episode is narrated by the thoughts of MA researcher, Khensani de Klerk and was originally published on March 26th 2017.

Validation and the Vernacular

This MA episode is the 8th in the archive. This episode follows a visual photo series and so we would urge you to visit the original article in order to get a full experience of the theme at hand. The analog photo series was captured by photographer Lehlohonolo Ndlovu who is also part of the MA collective. This episode is directed on the very personal experience of the author having cut all of her hair off as a self-statement reminding her and fellow women of colour around her of the need to unapologetically assert oneself in space in a way that detaches from the validators system of Western Cannon beauty ideals. This experience and story is used as an extended metaphor to describe the need for African and other marginalised spatial agents to do the same  in the spatial sphere: to avoid the need for Western validation at all costs when developing African cities and engaging in educational exchange.

This episode is narrated by the thoughts of MA researcher, Khensani de Klerk and was originally published on April 30th 2017.

Transport in Cape Town; Inter-modality = Access | Learning from the Informal Taxi System

This MA episode is a sequel to a coproduced short film which features in the original article exploring the experience of different public transport modes in Cape Town- produced by a group of City Planning researchers from the University of Cape Town. The episode essentially speaks to giving a snippet of a more detailed understanding of the complexity of public transport efficiency in Cape Town. At the centre of this is the relationship between Inter-modality and Access.

Modal integration is an essential prerequisite for urban accessibility – typically prescribed by the norms of the Global North. And so, in Global South cities, where informal transport systems flourish and there is a distinctly different way of knowing, navigating and being – how do we begin to debunk and rethink inter-modality in the formal and informal transport system interface? Particularly in South Africa.

This episode is narrated by the thoughts of MA researcher, Khensani de Klerk and was originally published on June 11th 2017.

The Capacity of Critique in a Colonial Validating Knowledge Cannon

This MA episode explores themes of audacity, authorship and validation when it comes to engaging in critique and contributing into the the knowledge pool of spatial and architectural literature and content. More specifically, the episode focuses on critique referencing 1960s feminist planner Denis Scott Brown’s writing on Having Words. Echoing Scott-Brown’s identification of the problematics in not just the content of planning and architecture but also and more importantly planning and architectural approaches.

In an undeniably tightening global community and increasing boom in ICT technology, how do we evolve our thinking of access to information such that we don’t hold onto traditional norms of only professional critics but uphold the value of critical voice in and amongst the overproduction of content?

This episode is narrated by the thoughts of MA researcher, Khensani de Klerk and was originally published on October 22nd 2017.

Lesley Lokko and Architectural History: White Lies, Black Absence

This MA episode was in fact the very first article ever released by Matri-Archi and inspired by architect, writer and critic Professor Lesley Lokko. In response to the political turbulence of decolonial student movements at the University of Cape Town and other institutions across the South African landscape; this episode hones in on the insight of Prof.Lokko when attempting to dissect and absence of African narratives in a predominantly white and Western-centric architectural education.

Lesley Lokko has focused her critique around relationships on architecture, globalisation and cultural identity. The episode explores the idea of honing into local archival methods and practices as a means to retain local spatial knowledge.

This episode is narrated by the thoughts of MA researcher, Khensani de Klerk and was originally published on March 5th 2017.