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UFC Seminar Invite, 2nd April 2019


Dear Staff and Students


You are kindly invited to a Seminar on the design philosophy behind harm reduction facilities, hosted by DUT’s Urban Futures Centre.


PRESENTERS:                         Tshepo Mokholov & Andrew Brose

DATE:                                     Tuesday, 2nd April 2019

TIME:                                      1-3pm

VENUE:                                   Steve Biko Campus - DUT, UFC offices, S2 Block, Level 4, Room DP4.01B (UFC Common    Room). Entrance Gate 1 & 2. 79 Steve Biko Road



Research Abstract:

In late 2018, the not for profit architecture firm, MASS Design Group and global health expert, Advanced Access and Delivery, collaboratively developed the design and operational guidelines for a new Harm Reduction Centre for the City of Durban, South Africa. Building upon the subsequent attention from officials and other organizations working to reverse the opioid overdose epidemic, the two teams began to research and compile standards for the design of safe spaces providing dignity and safety to millions. Having conducted workshops and interviews with infectious disease response teams, outreach programs, city officials, homeless individuals, and people who consume drugs, MASS and AA&D are critically positioned to develop the new standard for harm reduction and overdose prevention programs and the spaces in which they operate. The team is continuing to engage with international safe consumption spaces, meet with experts in the field, and advocate for the funding and implementation of spaces providing hope across South Arica.


Tshepo Mokholo:

Tshepo was brought onto the MASS team full-time in September of 2018. He is part of the 2016 inaugural cohort of fellows at the African Design Centre, a unique training program for recent graduates of architecture and engineering. Born and raised in South Africa, he garnered his Bachelor of Architecture (HONS) from the University of Pretoria in 2015. Tshepo is a irm believer that design can and should have a positive impact on communities. This can be done through incorporating those communities in the design process. By harnessing their knowledge and skills, one can only create better design that is both appreciated and leaves a more profound impact. Through architecture, we can share skills and knowledge, and provide employment in the process, feeding back into local economies.



Andrew Brose:

Andrew leads the South Africa Lab, established to address regional issues of inequality in housing, environment, and health. He originally joined MASS in 2010 as a Design Fellow in Rwanda, where he worked on the design and construction of projects across the region, including the Umubano Primary School, Mubuga Primary School, Butaro Doctors Housing, and Rwinkwavu Village Housing. In 2014, Andrew moved to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to serve as the project manager for the Ilima Conservation School where he supervised the construction management and documentation of the unique engagement process. He received a Masters of Science in Architecture and Building Technology from MIT where he was the recipient of a TATA Center Fellowship and the 2018 Tucker Voss award for Building Technology. Andrew completed his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Oregon.



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