In this special episode, pluri-disciplinary artist and architect Maxwell Mutanda and I get into conversation about Cape Town, and my current research focus around notions of Safe Space? Usually I speak to people about their contexts of interest, whereas in episode 10, the microphone flips with Maxwell spearheading the conversation and asking the questions. As African spatial practitioners concerned with Africa, we discuss the double conscious state of being in institutions outside of the continent and what the implications of our efforts in these Global Northern spaces might be. Maxwell, who is currently pursuing an MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at The University of Oxford shines light on mutual themes of social sustainability also present in my current Mphil in Architecture and Urban Design project at The University of Cambridge. We explore a plethora of themes including safety, representation and visual translation constantly cautioning against extractive contemporary research processes. We draw inspiration from each others’ work, highlighting other places and people we constantly learn from, with special shoutouts to Dr Tomà Berlanda and Dr Nick Simcik Arese. A longer and detailed episode which we invite you to join!
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Graphic design by: Michael Tymbios
Jingle by: Dustin van Wyk + Mike Dawson