The residents participated during all stages of the Slovo hall process, including analysis, problem recognition, conceptual problem resolution, design resolution and finally implementing and building of the chosen design intervention.
|The first visit, welcomed with friendship and a tasty meal|
The pre-established intimate relations with the residents and thorough research undertaken in 2010, enabled the students of 2012 to focus on attaining and defining a long-term vision of community upliftment, self-sustainability and development.
|Two years later, the positive impact of the 2010 project was still acknowledged by Slovo|
|Including the youth during the mapping exercise at the existing hall|
|Observing and documenting first impressions of site using photographs and note taking.|
It is here were the foundation and strength of the community was realised.
|Attending a community meeting at the hall revealed the social and political complexity of Slovo Park|
This had a direct influence on the analysis and mapping exercises completed.
|Addressing the issue of safety and linking that to the routes children take to school|
|Bridge as a safety hazard needs to aquire more surveilance. A new business opportunity arises|
|Typical section through streetscape, overlaying relevant research themes and issues to be addressed|
|Business owners taking advantage of main pedestrian routes|
|Streets are the comon playground|
|Discussion with Business Forum members|
|Business Forum's idea to invest in a nearby warehouse as part of their economic strategy|
|Meeting with the community to gain their insight into an appropriate vision|
|Researching how residents pereive and understand business and ownership by playing a Slovo version of Monopoly|
|Network of individual programmes|
Individual programmes contribute to the framework strategy
|Business Forum meeting and presentation of individual concepts|
|Attending a community meeting in cold, windy conditions confirmed the need to close the hall and provide more sheltered conditions|
|Discussing design ideas with Youth Forum leaders and gaining construction knowledge from more experienced community members|
|Checking the condition of existing available resources stored in post boxes|
These could be incorporated into the design for the purpose of closing the current open structure. This would ensure that the hall could be locked and sealed and thus suitable to store goods.
|Measuring existing materials to ensure accurate inclusion into the design|
|Existing hall roof structure|
ABBY FROM HERE:
There was a clear understanding of time and budgetary constraints from all of the community members present, which made their demands for the Hall very realistic. We were able to plan what could happen in the very near future and were told of the many talents we could have perform in the Hall after our build week.
The students planned to stay in Slovo with host families during the build weeks, this would be a two week period and would have the students working
We had a few minor injuries; luckily we came prepared with a mini medi-kit.
Nelson Mandela Dayby Abby Walsh
The 1:1 Pretoria Student League, the JCP students from the University of Pretoria, and Slovo Park community members.
A donation of 30 x 2litres of soda drinks for the hardworking team gave everyone some new energy.
The seating walls are well on their way.
Julia and her team prepared lunch at Maparas and at 14:00 we had fried chicken and pap.
3 Engineer students and 3 architecture students trying to figure out basic details.
Kiana measured out the sizes needed to make seating from old wood palettes which were sanded down on day 1.
A trip to the water plant down the road, gained us a bakkie load of aggregate for concrete. And to our dissapointment, we still short some riversand, and off to Takolias we went. We managed to get a load of riversand, and started mixing concrete to cast the footings.
Everyone was ecstatic when the delivery from Akhane Construction came at 16:30, and we started to unload the overwhelming amount of materials. What an amazing end to a very hard day of work!
Buccs and Japie are adamant to raise the roof, with or without our help. We discussed many options, and we were worried about the structural integrity of the columns if they were to be cut and extended. I can however not argue with someone who has done steel welding for 20 years, so I phone a friend, a civil engineer, for a professional opinion. He gave the unofficial go-ahead. Buccs and Japie are convinced that it will be done before lunch time tomorrow. Success to be confirmed…
By the end of the day, we have not completed all the welding as planned, but that is how it goes. But the progress is finally visible! The windows will be installed tomorrow, and with our generously sponsored paint, we will coat them with pride. The walls, benches and columns are also on our list, so is the wooden seating.
Japie and his team
In true Slovo tradition we were busy until the very last moment on the final elements f the upgraded Slovo Hall.
In this case the movable south wall walls/doors proved to be far more tricky than anticipated. This had the community build team up until the early hours of the morning working away on the steel frames.
by Yolandi Viljoen