For almost ten years, second-year Architecture students at the University of Nottingham have been building small educational buildings in South Africa. This year, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment invited me to participate in the 2017/18 edition of the project, building a small crêche in a rural village near Tzaneen in Limpopo Province for the Thušanang Trust. The Trust is a non-profit founded in 1986 to train teachers and establish community-based Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres.
This is the second in a series of podcasts to be recorded while I was participating in the project as a guest academic staff member. In this episode, recorded during week one of the second phase of the four-week build, I speak again to structural engineers Lois Plaistow and Steve Wickham of Price & Myers; project manager Assistant Professor Pete Russell, Thušanang Trust Director Terry Morgan and University of Nottingham Faculty of Engineering Project Officer Tony Gospel.
For more from the build, check out the #ProjectIthuta hashtag on Twitter. The third and final instalment of the Limpopo Diaries will follow in the coming weeks.
These podcasts have been made possible by the University of Nottingham Department of Architecture and Built Environment, which has paid for my travel, accommodation and sustenance while in South Africa. Neither the University nor the Thušanang Trust has approved nor endorsed the views and opinions expressed in these podcasts.