Architecture Rising #Soaring21 SACAP Stakeholder Convention

“How can the architectural profession contribute to the creation of a more equitable society? What influence can the architectural profession have on strategic high-level decision-making to impact spatial transformation? How can the architectural profession achieve human(e) settlements that are more equitable, beautiful and functional?” These were the questions posed by @amiraosman0 in the panel discussion, she moderated at the annual SACAP Stakeholder convention held online in August 2021.

The exploration of how architecture can best serve cities included an African, a South African and an Irish/European perspective with panelists Vinesh Chintaram, Kay-Lee Cupido, Ciaran Mackel, Ntsindiso Charles Nduku and Cheryl Walters

In the productive and heartfelt discussion on the role of the architecture profession in shaping urban environments, Cheryl Walters pertinently pointed out that, “If a place can work for women and children (be safe, livable, lovable) … then it can work for anyone!”

Ciaran Mackel highlighted both the capacity and the responsibility of architects to contribute to socio-spatial transformation: “Architects are well-versed in understanding the forces and mechanisms that provide and build good cities and neighbourhoods and there is urgency, everywhere, that we use our skills to help deliver quality of life and livelihood for our fellow-citizens.”

Earlier in the conference, Platform100 Director and the masterful MC for the day, Mokena Makeka challenged the industry, as a profession based on measurement to consider how we measure the quality of our outputs. “how do we measure our contribution to Liveable and Loveable urban environments?”

Platform100 were proud sponsors of the We are SACAP stakeholder convention, a conference that Luyanda Mpahlwa described as an unprecedented meeting between architects, industry, government and policy makers, an opportunity to be harnessed for the beginning of more conversations.

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