Our Workshop 182-070 is a nonprofit organisation based in Langa township in Cape Town. We are community-run and many of our members live in shacks. This proposal uses Luvuyo's self-built shack as an example but we would like to experiment with the materials throughout our township as follows:
Our workshop's proposal is to experiment with Nike Grind materials as a community in our actual homes and in other shared (public) spaces in Langa Township. The aim will be to find solutions to physical problems in and outside our homes like insulation, comfort, safety, beauty, storage, gardening... as well as to look at societal issues in township life - like inclusivity, public safety, communal amenities, basic health, hygiene, and comfort.
We have a shared workshop space at a cultural centre in Langa with basic tools and already use mostly 'waste' materials. This is an ideal opportunity for us to be somewhat supported in the work we are already doing... and to also be really directed to find life solutions rather than simply to make 'pretty things for tourists'.
Langa is a prime tourist destination in CT for 'township tours' which to be honest have warped the focus of many makers, designers and artists here - in that people make for the tourist market, where easy money is available. At Our Workshop we are trying to change this mindset (slowly to be sure) by addressing real life needs instead of just making what has always sold before.
We would love this to be a way to not HAVE to sell to tourists for a period of time - by having access to some funding - and to rather really focus on the growth of our existing township culture and our homes.