The winner will be announced at an event to be held at the Maslow Hotel on May 7.
Whitaker’s thesis is titled “Builders, agriculturalists, and interpreters - architecture by narration”.
The project is based on fieldwork research and observations of social practices in Gugulethu. It is a building system that aims to simplify the planning and building process of construction, enabling non-experts to build and influence the design process. Using basic products of industry and skills that are commonly known and understood, it responds to the people who build them and can be altered.
The prototype small timber structure hosted to a 6m ISO shipping container will give space to store equipment.