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Marabastad: From Arrival to Revival

The project in Marabastad aims to support migrants and informal traders, fostering community and aiding integration. Marabastad, a vibrant but challenged area in Pretoria, faces issues of poverty and exclusion. The project seeks to harness the potential of the community, providing support for newcomers and enhancing existing networks. Strategically located, it facilitates access and integration, addressing arrival issues. The design emphasizes pedestrian-oriented architecture, creating safe and welcoming spaces. Programmes include trading facilities, job centers, and community spaces. Materials like brick and timber balance tradition with innovation. The project aligns with modern ideas of belonging, recognizing the importance of social relationships. By leveraging the informal sector, it addresses both migration and economic development. Encouraging interaction between newcomers and residents benefits both groups. Through its design and approach, the project illustrates architecture's role in fostering integration and community in a diverse urban environment.





I chose architecture for its blend of creativity and problem-solving, offering a platform to shape environments while expressing cultural values. Inspired by the impact of spaces on people's lives, I seek to design structures that harmonize aesthetics with functionality, fostering sustainable and inclusive communities. Architecture's interdisciplinary nature appeals to my diverse interests, from art and making to technology and urban planning. The prospect of contributing meaningfully to society, creating memorable spaces, and addressing relevant global challenges motivates my pursuit of this complex profession. Ultimately, studying architecture enables me to channel my passion into tangible, impactful design solutions for the world.

why did you choose to study architecture?

Taryn Glazebrook


University of Pretoria

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