A Dwelling for the Homeless
The project explored the idea of varying the domestic typologies which one could apply to architecture in a post-apocalyptic Tshwane. The brief posed the question, “Can architecture create dwelling after modernity?” Can architecture adapt itself sufficiently and efficiently enough to a society in which resources and other commodities are scarce? Can architecture heal itself effectively post apocalypse.
“Architecture is war. War is architecture.” – Lebbeus Woods.
Questioning this led to the discovery of Wood’s Radical Reconstruction, in which he states, “The spaces of the old city were shaped to sponsor conventionality. In their damaged state, they offer an entirely new possibility for understanding the origins of both space and habitation. The architect leads the way by codifying this understanding only in terms of space, without fixed reference of habitation”.
If architecture is to have a healing/regenerative process then it will need to have some means of getting there. The project, stemming from interpretive analysis of Wood’s work, identified that a ‘wound’ (attained from conflict) will only heal itself once the regenerative ‘new tissue’ (occupants) starts forming a ‘scab’ (new domestic typology) that will eventually leave behind a ‘scar’ (lasting impact) on the body (the urban context, city, building).