Slovo Park at a Glance
Slovo Park is situated in a politically and socially sensitive stretch of land south of Soweto. The community has been known by national government as Nancefield, by local council as Olifantsvlei and in the last five years as Slovo Park – named in honour of South Africa’s first minister of housing and former Umkhonto we Sizwe General, Joe Slovo.
The forced changing of identity reflects an on-going struggle faced by the leadership of Slovo Park to gain recognition as a legitimate settlement to access governmental support. This battle has been fought through constant shifts in governmental policy, power and promises for the community of Slovo Park. Their only tactics comprising of service delivery protest, painstaking formal requests for upgrade and currently a lawsuit against the City of Johannesburg.
Currently the community of Slovo Park with its development partners are strategizing this key social and political move.
THIS SITE SERVES AS A PORTAL FOR THE COMMUNITY OF SLOVO PARK & THE VARIOUS DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS TO SHARE THE JOURNEY OF RE-DEVELOPMENT.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Day -1: The Playground continues...
The Slovo Park Community Development Forum and 1:1 - Agency of Engagement's 1:1 - Student League in collaboration with the University of Pretoria and the University of Johannesburg Second's year Architecture students have put together the Slovo Park Project 2013. The students developed their own brief based on six week research process.
The built output was for a brief to design a playground for the children of Slovo Park. - our main constraint was to design with ONE MATERIAL = CONCRETE!!!
A few of the students designs were chosen based mainly on the buildability considering that WE as the INEXPERIENCED LAPTOP-DRIVEN "UNSKILLED LABOURERS" WERE GOING TO BE PHYSICALLY BUILDING IT!!
The selected students then came together to incorporate all three designs.Concept sketches of the designs to follow.
more to come soon....