MA Urban Design Studio | Group 12: Tactical Design Precedents
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Group 12: Tactical Design Precedents

Case study 1: Temple Of No Shopping2

Location: Berlin, German
The work of art “Temple Of No Shopping” is a part of exhibition that can be seen in the middle of June on the Pisse de la Pere. “WE TRANSFORM” in the Neues Museum. It was designed by Raumlaborberlin, an architectural practicer based in Berlin, Germany.

Designers used 400 recycled steel barrels to achieve an entirely self-supporting and asymmetrical structure, where the stability and strength is achieved by bolting the barrels together along vertical connection lines. Each connection was then stiffened by chamfered steel flats distributing the locally high loads and acting like washers.

This show is devoted to the limits of growth as well as questions of resource waste and scarcity, and at same time, it offers a public space to carry out varied program of lectures, panels, workshops, readings and other actions for all kinds of people.







Case study 2: Emthonjeni—Places of Learning and Socialisation in an Informal Settlement

Location: Monwabisi Park, City of Cape Town

This project was operated by VPUU (Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading), which aims to build safe and integrated communities by upgrading the existing settlement without relocating people outside the area.


In Monwabisi Park very few children currently attend pre-school. In a settlement of about 25,000 people of which 11% are children under 6 years old (approximately 2700 children) there are only 417 children currently enrolled in ECDs (Quality Early Childhood Development) in MP.


To address this problem, the team used Emthonjeni as one of the part of the project. Emthonjeni is perceived as a multifunctional place for children to play and learn in a safe environment. It is also a space for adult socialising, and the provision of services and utilities including, where appropiate, water and clothes-washing point. The utilities will draw adults to the site and so achieve two aims: safety and supervision for children, and access to education and health for children.


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Initial Monwabisi Park CAP, February 2010 (




Syeda Maham Ithar