Publications

Mokena Makeka's Publications
As a passionate advocate for urban design and architecture, Mokena Makeka has written numerous articles which have appeared in publications or been presented at conferences and expos. These include:Contributor Cape Town World Design Capital Bid Book 2014 (2011)Key Note Speaker at Cape Peninsula...
Mokena Makeka speaks about his Makeka Design Lab protégés to Destiny Man Magazines. Credits:Photographer: Adam LetchPublisher: Destiny Man Magazine The pictures given to Makeka Design Lab by DESTINY / DESTINY MAN magazine may not be published in any other publicationsOr for any promotional material...
In their June 2012 edition, Marie Claire included a spread on the Rock Girl benches campaign, featuring a design from Makeka Design Lab.
Just as talent needs to be nurtured in order for it to reach its full potential, Cape Town, requires a real investment in design in order for it to become recognised as a design capital. Williams and Makeka discuss the importance of South Africa's investment in its designers. 
The value of a city is determined by the diversity and scale of the activities in which it engages. Williams and Makeka discuss how, through leadership, Cape Town can become a city that the world would want to emulate.  
Cape Town's bid for the World Design Capital aims to impart introspection and curiosity of the city's identity in the world. Williams and Makeka say that the city is more than the buildings and spaces that we inhabit. It is the task of artists, urban planners, architects, engineers, politicians,...
Cape Town's social networks expose people to a broader scope of individuals now, more than they did decades ago, and these networks provide a variety of opportunities. However, the city is not as inclusive as one might expect. Williams and Makeka recommend we search for a form of integration that...
Architectectural icons have much to say about the character of a city. In this light, the built structures of Cape Town seem unable to reflect the diversity and cultural richness of our city. Williams and Makeka discuss what is lacking and how to change that.
From its origins, Cape Town is a city seeped in fear. What can we do to change this city-narrative? Williams and Makeka contemplate strategies urban planners might use to positively change the character of Cape Town.
As much as design purports economic and social investment and progression, the current state of design also has much to answer for on an environmental level. In the 16 August 2010 issue of Men about Town, Williams and Makeka examine how design could push environmental infrastructure in the city...
Published on 2 August 2010, Men About Town: Rhythms of our lives reflected in environments we create explores how the perpsective of approaching Cape Town throws into sharp relief some of the city's most pressing urban planning concerns.
There is a strong distinction between roads and streets and, as Williams and Makeka argue in their Aril 26 2010 issue of Men About Town, it is the prioritisng of streets that can lead to a richer urban fabric and economic activities. 
“A young, black [architect] who is supposed to learn from others and only do good buildings when he turns 55 – it’s a reality. I’m not naive about the subtext of relationships in South Africa. My first building was a station for the railway police. There was a police architect who had to overcome...
Mokena Makeka speaks to the House & Leisure magazine about his work on the Ordos 100 Project. 
In 2003, Elle Decorations interviewed Mokena Makeka on his visions for reshaping Cape Town.