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Territories of Disobedience

Terror, Terrorism, and the Architecture of Compliance

Structured grid, ISO Section, possible spaces. Wall of Irony. van Niekerk,T. Unit 13. 2021.
Surveillance_Entrance into Heterotopia. Mpolweni, T. Unit 19. 2021.

Thembeka Mpolweni

BArch Hons 2021

Unit Leader: Tuliza Sindi
Unit Tutor: Muhammad Dawjee
Unit Assistant: Lynette Breed

UNIT 19︎︎︎
The Act of Service: The Myth of Violence
Architecture is the material and spatial evidence of systems of control. In this system, service infrastructure is used as tool in political warfare. These tactics are at the centre of South Africa’s politics of democracy, where service delivery is used as a bargaining tool for re-election. It permeates the context of refugee shelters in South Africa where migrant temporary structures do not particularly include service infrastructure, to promote tactics of discomfort by restricting one’s ability to ever settle.

The research explores how territories of disobedience against these tactics of discomfort can be created through the proposal of a Service Park in Cape Town; a park that renders access to basic services democratic. Parks, as public amenities, have been used as a tool to address these and such social gaps for generations due to their public nature. Parks hold this capacity to disrupt exclusive and monopolised practices such as access to dignified amenities and have been evolving every thirty to fifty years since 1847 to continually address arising social issues.

Territory, Disobedience, Compliance, Power, Profiling, Boundary, Periphery, Material, Surveillance, Temporary Structure

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