Mapping the city – A creative approach to Langa

Mon 8 2016 - Fri 12 2016 @ 10:00 - 15:00
  • Venue:   Ikhaya Le Langa
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  • Admission:  
  • Contact: Marc Andrews / Sihle Tshabalala (074 375 3767),,

About the event:

A free one-week social design workshop experience
Join the dynamic team from the Netherlands-based designers andrews:degen who are exploring the Langa community in collaboration with designers and students from Brothers for All in a week-long free design workshop. The participants will develop their own themes, concepts and visions for Langa based on the social issues affecting the community, their own personal experiences and Langa’s unique visual language.
Design thinking, design skills and public participation will be key tools and drivers for this collaboration. They will all be used as the key methodology to explore, analyze, visualize and respond to the neighbourhood’s life and its people.
The workshop aims to eager social change-makers within this community. Once sensitized to their social and cultural context, participants are encouraged to take an active and responsible role towards the complex urban environment they live and work in. The outcome of this week’s project will be an online and offline magazine that presents the research, contributions and projects on this visual platform. The participants will also have the opportunity to present their findings and projects to their community.
If you are a committed change maker, emerging or established social designer and have an entrepreneurial spirit, join us at the Langa Quarter from 8 – 12 August. This is a great opportunity to join forces with the Langa community and shape new collaborations.
The workshop is free and open to all, but seats are limited. Contact  or to book your place.
Workshop facilitators are  Marc Andrews and Christian Degen from andrews:degen, a graphic design and research-based studio in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Find more information and cities they have worked with before on
This project is made possible by the generous support of  ‘Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industries’ from the Netherlands.
BasecampIkhaya Le Langa
AddressN’Dabeni St & Rubuasna Ave, Langa,
8 August: 10:00
Meet at Ikhaya Le Langa, at the Langa Quarter. This is the day to meet and get to know the other participants from Langa. They will show you around their community, allowing participants to gain context and make new friends.
8 – 12 August:
Teams will meet everyday between 10:00- 15:00 at base camp. You do not have to be at basecamp every day, but it will be to each team’s advantage to hit basecamp first thing in the morning to touch base with Marc and Christian before you head out to explore more of Langa to research and develop your project further.
More about Ikhaya Le Langa

Langa has languished at the bottom of the racialised socio-economic order in Cape Town for generations. Twenty years into democracy, this historic community continues to suffer from the many problems that come from deep poverty.

Ikhaya Le Langa NPC (the house of Sun) is a not-for-profit organization in Langa. Langa is the oldest historically Black township in the Western Cape. Ikhaya le Langa is revitalising the Langa Quarter, an area of 13 streets comprising 500 homes that house approximately 7,000 people.

Ikhaya le Langa intends to reverse these challenges by reimagining the Langa Quarter as a social enterprise precinct that showcases the heritage of this hidden cultural gem, which was home to many South African jazz legends and history-makers. Strategically located in the geographic center of Cape Town Municipality and midway between the Airport, and the Central Business District, the Langa Quarter has the potential to be a new heart for the post-apartheid city of Cape Town. Our aim is to put the Langa Quarter on the map as a must-visit spot for tourists and locals alike.

More about Brothers for All

“Help us end the cycle of poverty and crime”

Brothers for All turns lives around by giving technology and entrepreneurship opportunities to offenders, ex-offenders and at-risk youth. Poverty and crime are crippling South Africa, which has the world’s eighth highest prison population; youth unemployment often exceeds 80% and reoffending exceeds 80%. The Brothers for All solution is designed and led by ex-offenders.

“We believe you cannot end poverty or crime in isolation. One feeds on the other. We offer aspirational technology skills that compete with crime and lift people out of poverty. And we offer them to offenders, ex-offenders and at-risk youth.”

Check their awesome DigiTruck here which aims to bridge the digital divide for youth in rural and vulnerable communities.  




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Above left: Alejandro  Olávarri, Mexico City       Above right: andrews:deign in Bucarest


Location: Ikhaya Le Langa
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N'Dabeni St & Rubuasna Ave, , Cape Town