Four UCT postgraduate students have been awarded the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future scholarship, a prestigious international fellowship given to women from developing countries who are currently studying abroad. The scholarship is aimed at academically excellent women in the fields of science and technology who wish to teach in their home countries on completion of their PhD programmes. Recipients are (from left), Liabo Motleleng from Lesotho (Department of Chemical Engineering), Taryn Morris from South Africa (Biological Sciences Department and a current recipient), Tsungai Jongwe from Zimbabwe (Department of Medicine) and Antonina Wasuna from Kenya (Department of Chemistry). Another recipient, Naa Dedei Tagoe from Ghana (Department of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics) is not pictured.
Finding solutions to floodinga: (back l – r) Mr Kevin Musungu (Former masters student in Geomatics); Mrs Anna Taylor (Researcher, African Centre for Cities and PhD student, ENGEO); Dr Gina Ziervogel (Project Co-ordinator &Principal Investigator); Dr Michele Leone (Project Office, IDRC). (front l – r) Joy Waddel (PhD student, ENGEO); Laura Drivdal (PHD student, Centre of Criminology) & Warren Smit (Researcher, African Centre for Cities).
This edition of Monday Paper highlights National Water Week, celebrated from 18 to 24 March, and profiles several UCT research projects and developments that have water as their focus.
The Flooding in Cape Town under Climate Risk (FliCCR) project team, which involves a number of departments at UCT, held a successful workshop on 1 March at the River Club in Observatory.
The workshop was a platform to feed back the findings of recent research and stimulate dialogue between officials from the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Provincial Government, and NGOs, community organisations and residents.
According to Warren Smit, researcher at the African Centre for Cities, flooding of informal settlements in Cape Town is a serious problem. Every winter thousands of households on the Cape Flats are severely affected by flooding, resulting in displacement, damage to dwellings and possessions, disruption of livelihoods and ill-health.
The FliCCR project, which started three years ago, has been exploring how to address this problem and has involved workshops and interviews with officials, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community organisations and residents in an attempt to better understand the roles and perspectives of various actors involved in reducing flood risk or responding to flooding of the city’s informal settlements. The project also stimulates dialogue between these actors, which it believes will proactively help to reduce flooding.
The FliCCR project is a collaborative research initiative, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Department for International Development (DfID), and is run through the African Centre for Cities. It involves various departments at UCT as well as the Stockholm Environment Institute.
The project team is led by principal investigator and senior lecturer Dr Gina Ziervogel, of Environmental and Geographical Science. Other members are: Warren Smit, researcher, African Centre for Cities; Joy Waddell, PhD student, Environmental and Geographical Science; Laura Drivdal, PhD student, Centre for Criminology; Kevin Musungu, former master’s student, Geomatics; Julian Smit, Geomatics; and Anna Taylor, researcher, African Centre for Cities.
“The workshop was extremely successful in achieving its objective of stimulating dialogue,” says Ziervogel. “Some participants were initially sceptical of attending yet another talkshop, but its interactive nature helped participants network and share knowledge. We identified a number of practical actions for reducing flood risk in Cape Town.”
The key recommendations are to facilitate better collaboration between organisations (including city departments, NGOs and community organisations) and ensure greater involvement of informal settlement residents in decision-making about interventions to reduce the risk of flooding.
Over the next few months the FliCCR project team will continue to support collaboration to proactively reduce the risk of flooding in informal settlements in Cape Town.
From The Monday Paper
11 March 2013
The Bill establishes transformation, going forward, for the geomatics profession in South Africa. Once this Bill has been enacted and is operational, it will serve to replace the existing Professional & Technical Surveyors’ Act No. 40 of 1984. The Long … Continue reading
Future Foreshore Project held at the Oceana Building in Jan Smuts Street on the 15th February 2013. In Photo Architecture Student: Yannik Marie.
The eye-catching incomplete bridge along Cape Town’s Foreshore has been a landmark – and talking point – for decades.
Now, students from UCT’s School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics have been asked to envision a new look for the historical area. Each year, undergraduate and postgraduate students from the school participate in the Vertical Studio Project, which sees them spending a week ‘on site’ as they execute what they’ve learnt in the environment they wish to modify.
For 2013, the brief was Re-imagining Cape Town’s Foreshore. Thirty groups of students spent the week of 11 to15 February thrashing out designs to make maximum use of the space underneath Cape Town’s freeways, while keeping it easy on the eye.
Each group was tasked with producing a two-minute film titled How We See the Foreshore; an A0 poster on HowWe Imagine the Foreshore; a 300-word statement accompanying the poster; and (this is the big one) an A3 group photo. The projects will be credited as part of their coursework for the semester.
An awards ceremony for the best packages took place on 15 February.
From The Monday Paper
25 February 2013
From 11-15 February, Future Cape Town will be partnering with the UCT school of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, exploring and sharing with Cape Town the possible and impossible re-imaginings of the Foreshore area in “Future Foreshore — Vertical Studio Re-imagining … Continue reading
The Built Environment Library is open and running again. Please stop in and see us during our regular term hours: Mon-Thur: 8:30 to 18:00 Friday: 8:30 to 17:00 Saturday: 9:00 to 13:00 (starting 16 February)
Volume 31.20 12 December 2012 Tariq Hassen, who will be receiving his master’s degree in architecture (MArch Professional, with distinction) this month, says his dad, civil engineering laboratory manager Noor Hassen, was his greatest inspiration. “It is through him that … Continue reading
Next year students from UCT’s Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment (EBE) will consider, as part of their curricula, various possibilities for the future development of the north Foreshore Precinct.
The inclusion of this part of the Cape Town central business district is the basis for a partnership between the faculty and the City of Cape Town, which approached EBE with the request to help develop exciting and creative ways to think about the future of this rather problematic part of the city.
Final-year undergraduates and postgraduate students from the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, and the Departments of Construction Economics and Management, Civil Engineering, and Chemical Engineering will have the option of doing projects centred on the Foreshore Precinct.
“These projects will be embedded in their curricula and normal course assessment processes will be followed,” says Professor Vanessa Watson, deputy dean of EBE. “They will work in project groups and the different classes will continually use work and information from each other to inform what they are doing. Questions these students will grapple with include, but will not be restricted to:
- How can we reconnect the CBD with the sea?
- How can we create vibrant public spaces that will attract residents and tourists?
- Could the unfinished highway sections be used as markets or viewing platforms?
- How do we consider the effects of climate change and rising sea-level?
The best proposals will be brought together in a public exhibition, which will tie in with 2014 World Design Capital events.
From the Monday Paper
The Zamani Research Group of UCT’s Geomatics Department is in Jordan, partnering with UNESCO and other international institutions, to digitally survey and map the rock city of Petra, the fabled ‘rose-red city, half as old as time’. Their work will … Continue reading
UCT construction studies students have raised R52, 800 for the Thembalethu School for children with special needs. As part of a mandatory course, first-year students spent some weeks during the second semester raising money for this Gugulethu school. The students also collected donations of equipment, materials, cement and paint from local industries. From The Monday Paper