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WHAT ARE WE UP TO NOW... 

MASI-CDC 2023... BUSY WITH THE DESIGN AND BUILD OF A NEW 70 SQM PLAYSCHOOL FOR MASINYUSANE, TO BE LOCATED AT CHARLES DUNA PRIMARY, NEW BRIGHTON, GQ

 

 

2 October 2023

Making Progress

WThings starting to move again... our new sub-contractor Jeremy Delport Construction arrives on site and sets put the building, ready to continue digging the trenches tomorrow!

At NMU the teams making good progress with the trusses, furniture and doors starting to take shape.
 

 

September 2023

Off to a Rocky Start

The project started slowly on the NMU and the CDC sites. The site at Charle Duna presented some issues with our contractor as the structural design became more complex and with issues regarding health and safety. This was layered with terrential rains which flooded our clay soil site.

 

18 August 2023

CDC EXHIBITION

WThe final creche design at a scale of 1:10 was presented at a public exhibition. The exhibition also presented the final four proposals and additional process work. It was great to host our engagement partners, parents and fellow students at the Werk Warehouse, in the the Baakens river valley.

 

21 June 2023

Learning new skills

Well done to the students on their Health and Safety and First Aid certifications... the build is in the air.

18 June 2023

... and the winner is!

What an awesome set of proposals which led to a greulling selection process. In the end the TREE took the top spot of the four projects presented!

12 June 2023

Final 4 Exhibition

The final four proposals were presented to all the representatives and some special guests who all asisted in the selectoin of the final proposal

26 May 2023

Getting some media coverage!

Hoping to set up a readers pole with our local paper on the final 4 designs... well let you know how it goes!

23 May 2023

Then There Were 4

After spending some grooling weeks developing the final 8 the team met again today to decide on the final 4... making it through to the next round was TREE; PANELS; LANDSCAPE AND STAR. TREE imagines the new playschool as a tree structure, panels is looking at the potentials of an entirely plywood building; LANDSCAPE looks at the building as an inhabitable extentions of the playground and STAR produces distinct and connected worlds for different areas of learning.

3 May 2023

Then There Were 8

The studio has been pushing to develop potential proposals. Starting with 17, the studio is now down to 8.

Unfeasible designs dont get built. Projects need to now align with some very real issues! Now looking to start resolving the implications of the premanufacture and construction process on the developing the detail design. And get a better understanding of the structural and budget implcations of the design.

20 April 2023

Putting Our Heads Together

Its been awesome having Jim and Zama from Masiyusane and Charles Duna Primary representatives, Mr G and Principle Sume in studio. Really a special engagement with extensive contributions from all parties. Really putting our heads together on this One!

14 April 2023

Fun On AI

Students flirted with AI and sent a single image with their prompt to the class whatsapp group.

We found it interesting for its potential to help articulate design visions as project prompts; and even to self generate “precedents”... but most likely just a fun way to mine ideas!

7 April 2023

DIfferent School Types in Gqeberha

After field visits; the studio developed a matrix of the pre-school types. This included the "classroom" [CAP] type; the "play type [IEB]; the Work" type [Montessori] and "Daycare. The daycare, has a TV, and looks after children's basic needs. A potential upside is that "informal" approaches, with few things, provokes different kinds of imaginations often found in social cohesion, music and dance.

3 April 2023

Guest Lecture: QS Mr Roy Cumberlege

 

Thanks dearly to Mr Roy Cumberlege from NMU Quantity Surveying for coming to chat to about basic costing considerations for the CDC Project...  very insightful!

30 March 2023

GQ CRECHE VISITS

 

What a week visiting 5 different creches in the city, affluent and disadvantaged, IEB, CAPS and Montesorri!...  to get direct experience of the different types - to become more informed and to help us further hone our design brief! What insight from Masi and CDC, thanks all!

 

...and thanks Mpumzi for arranging all the logistics!

27 March 2023

CDC INITIATION DAY

What a really special day engaging with Masinyusane representatives Jim, Zama and Zola; Charles Duna Primary Representatives Principal Sume and Mr G.... Mpumzi, the CLASS of 2023 and the students at the primary school!

- Formally met everyone; 

- Discussed the visions for the project

- Listened to a story about a giraffe who tried to be a lion

- Ran a craft workshop with the pre-grade R class

- Played Soccer

- Measured the site

- Saw a grade 4 model building project

- Chatted to some parents who volunteer to teach at the school!

 

26 March 2023

CDC 2023 SHIRT IS OUT!

24 March 2023

Guest Lecture: Wesley Nash

Thanks to Wesley Nash for sharing his lessons of pre-manufacturing for a mountain hut he designed and built in the Hex mountains in the Western Cape for the mountain club. Awesome!

 

20 March 2023

REVISITING CX3

Recently visited the creche in Airport Valley to take a prospective Masters Student who may be researching a dimension of the impact of the creche. The creche has come alive after time, the floors have been worn by many shoes, and bare feet over the last 4 years.... well used and well loved... but looking for sponsors for R 5000 for new paint and varnish!

16 March 2023

CDC BUILD PREP CONTINUES.... 

Visited Metal Man to learn different steel products available, standard processes, hot dip galvanising and laser and fire cutting. Then headed out to BUCO North End to see standard timber planks and boards and truss manufacture.

3 March 2023

CDC BUILD PREP

Visiting material manufacture and supply sites, to better understand our economic, standardised readily available material sets and construction techniques.

We would like to thank Safintra, Deranco and Maizey's for accommodating us.

 

1 March 2023

STUDIO LIFE

Studio currently investigating different modes of spatial production...  

 

Contact information
Mr John Andrews
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 078 531 2906
john.andrews@mandela.ac.za