the Joe Slovo West Community Project is bases on an alterntive community centre that looks providing a community school whilst addressing identified social gaps in early childhood development (special needs) the youth (education drop-offs, drugs, high levels of illiteracy among youth and adults and the frail care for the elderly that are seen as a burden. the community centre (which is only 20% of the intervention) looks at working with the community to explore alternative design (low-tech green materials already in or accessible to the community) and in the of building the community centre the community is educated in the green agenda and how the solutions developed has daily application to their lives. the centre has the community school at its heart and from here main stream education is demystified and the community member becomes there very own researchers. community education invites all age groups, and addresses issues related to immediate and real daily life i the community through programs (which is 80% of the project). through the centre green alternatives and solutions are demonstrated such as recycling, vertical gardens, low tech energy alternatives, water use etc.