The architect in focus for the month of January is Mokena Makeka (Lesotho, 1975)
His architectural approach often reflects a nuanced stance towards institutions that historically marginalized certain groups. Makeka gained recognition for his renovation of the Cape Town railway station for the 2010 World Cup, Cape Town Station 2030, which aimed to make the station more welcoming and prioritize passengers’ needs. His landmark project, the Thusong Service Center in Khayelitsha Township, represents a significant stride in his career, providing easier access to government services in rural areas.
Makeka’s involvement in the Rock Girl Bench project focuses on creating safe public spaces for women in a country grappling with high rates of sexual violence. Each bench carries a unique message, with corresponding ‘sister benches’ in underprivileged communities.
Source: Arch Daily