july, 2014


The role of architecture in the development of vocational training centres

Event Details

Many cities around the world are dealing with problems like poverty, housing and unemployment. These so called “wicked problems” cannot be dealt with by single solutions, but by starting a process of change. Remy Jansen believes that the strength of architecture today is the role of the design process as a catalyst for these complex problems, because architecture itself is wicked. With his developed skills and design method, Remy Jansen wants to engage in collaboration with stakeholders to be of use in the sustainable development of South Africa’s cities.

In this session, he will present project on which his thesis was based during his Masters of Architecture and would like to continue with local parties. The project is about a combination of a top-down and bottom-up approaches in design and development of vocational training centres in the informal settlements of South Africa.

After presenting this project, Remy Jansen would like to have a conversation/discussion with the audience to get their input on the project and to see if there are any potential parties to collaborate with to further develop this strategy/project. Remy Jansen is a Dutch architect that has recently graduated at the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam. Jansen has various experiences in studying the informal urban contexts, triggering sustainable development progress in townships.

Participation: Limited space available; please enquire to RSVP@departmentofdesign.nl

Parking: Information may be found here.


(Monday) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Department of Design

8 Vrede Street, Gardens 8001 Cape Town, South Africa


Remy Jansen