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Durban's skyline changing for architecture conference

Durban's skyline is changing - and if you see car bodies suspended in the air, don't be alarmed - it's all part of the creative change happening in the city ahead of the international architecture conference.

While an expected 5 000 delegates will arrive in Durban in two months' time to debate ways to create living spaces across the world, little changes are happening across Durban as part of the projects running parallel to the conference.

The latest project to get approval is the creation of 'Rush Hour' - a canopy that is being developed along the N3 between Umkhumbaan and Warwick Junction.

It will be made up of car bodies and aims to serve as a shelter from the sun and rain, and as a landmark of how things could be used differently.

The project is being undertaken by Interface2012-14, a project conceptualised and run by dala, a Durban based NPO engaged in art and architecture for social change.

It is one of many parallel projects that will take shape in Durban's communities ahead of the architecture conference, but will also serve as legacy projects for the city.

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Conceptual pieces like this should be encouraged. Let's see how it turns out. But it is definitely different
 

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He is the official release on it...i think it is a great talking point piece. something that makes you stop and think about it.



The Rush Hour landmark for the 2014 world UIA congress in Durban
by Christiane Burklein on Tuesday, 5th August 2014 in News


Rush Hour is a new landmark in Durban that was inaugurated on the eve of the 25th world UIA congress being held in this South African city. The art installation is located on the edge of the N3 motorway: an informal pedestrian route between the suburbs of Durban and the city centre.






Not only architecture can be used to drive social change, art can also do its bit.






This has been put into practice with the Rush Hour installation in Durban, designed by raumlabor berlin, a Berlin-based experimental architecture practice, famous for its multidisciplinary approach that comprises art, architecture and urban design, together dala, Durban-based interdisciplinary collective.





The installation is a shelter made from the gutted shells of old cars. This artistic and urban design work provides shelter from the sun and the rain in one of those typical in-between places of our urban worlds – here a plot of land adjacent to the N3 motorway, which thousands of people use to walk from Umkhumbane (Cato Manor) to the city centre (Warwick Junction).

The idea for the project actually came about on a walk: Durban-based architect-artist-designer Doung Jahangeer, a member of the dala collective, took Jan Liesegang, the co-founder of German practice, raumlabor, on a walk around the city, showing him these “secondary” places.









So, Rush Hour Durban is an urban landmark that showcases the magic of forgotten spaces, in an animated setting like South Africa, which is hosting the UIA world congress for the first time in history, and reveals how these places can be rediscovered thanks to the social and cultural change underway.

(Christiane Bürklein)

Rush Hour Installation
Project: raumlabor berlin, dala
Location: Durban, South Africa
Year: 2014
Images: © Roger Jardine, courtesy of Goethe Institut South Africa
Link:
http://www.goethe.de/ins/za/en/joh/kul/mag/arc/20400684.html
http://rushhourdurban.tumblr.com/


http://www.livegreenblog.com/news/t...r-the-2014-world-uia-congress-in-durban-9891/
 
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