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.
The adjacent meeting space opens towards the crops and will be used for recreational activities and educational workshops.
The defunct King David Country Club, north of Gugulethu, is appropriated and imagined as a proto town. The communal hall is the largest and most prominent structure of all in the proto town. Its construction involves the most elaborate technologies of all structures. The hall is conceived as being built first.
It will accommodate a range of programmes in a sequence of phases. Once construction of the town progresses, demand for workshops will be reduced to the necessary maintenance workshops.