UCT students reimagine District Six

Students at the University of Cape Town are hard at work reconceptualising District Six.

They were required to develop new and alternative forms of housing for the area while keeping up with the demands of the modern world.

John Maytham speaks to University of Cape Town's School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics professor Iain Low about the project.

The topic of the studio is how might we live together.

Iain Low, Professor at the University of Cape Town - School of Architecture Planning and Geomatics

It is kind of trying to see how one restructures District Six reflecting on the past and understanding that area that stood completely in opposition of apartheid, which is why it was destroyed.

Iain Low, Professor at the University of Cape Town - School of Architecture Planning and Geomatics

We have to rebuild communities.

Iain Low, Professor at the University of Cape Town - School of Architecture Planning and Geomatics

The year was 1966 and the apartheid government's Group Areas Act whites-only law had banished more than 60,000 residents from their homes in District Six.

This eviction order signalled the official start of racial segregation in the Mother City, and the birth of the Cape Flats.

Listen to the full interview below...


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : UCT students reimagine District Six


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