Arts & Culture

RIBA exhibition
As part of upcoming RIBA President Ben Derbyshire’s inauguration activities, 'Celebrating Excellent Black Architects' will be exhibiting at RIBA from the 14 September 2017.Curated by award-winning Simone de Gale Architects, the exhibition showcases the successes of a number of black architects from...
2016
Makeka Design Lab was appointed to conceptualize and redesign the façade of a rundown 1935 building for renowned Johannesburg developers and Maboneng creators, Propertuity. The proposal was inspired by the notion of “beyond”. Delve: To search deeply and laboriously. // Deeper: Extending far...
  • Chicago Architectural Biennial
  • Chicago Architectural Biennial
The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, titled The State of the Art of Architecture, will take stock of the extraordinary ways in which architects, artists, designers, planners, activists, and policy makers from around the world are tackling the most pressing issues of today. Makeka Design Lab...
  • MoMa Exhibition
  • MoMa Exhibition
Mokena Makeka [Makeka Design Lab] was commissioned by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark to design an object for an exhibition which focuses on architecture in Sub-Saharan Africa juxtaposed with art and other cultural perspectives. The exhibition, called AFRICA – Architecture, Culture...
2014
The entire Tokai precinct has rich and varied environmental qualities and opportunities, from the low flatlands through the core historical settlement and the immense variety of trees, forests, plantations and arboretum experiences.  The initial design concept was to tuck the building into the...
2013
The Water Cathedral is an interactive experiential pavilion dedicated to celebrating design through, with and for Water. The project is conceived as three spatial and experiential pivots, a “field” of public engagement, reflection and gaze; a habitable pedestal which houses temporal functions as a...
New exhibition will showcase the future of architecture  Live 3D printing will give architects, students and designers the chance to realize models of their workThe British Council today announced details of Atlas of the Unbuilt World, an international exhibition for the London Festival of...
With the vision to include everyone in the World Design Capital 2014 experience, the City of Cape Town conceptualized the co-design workshops as a participatory platform for local communities to engage with council officials, representatives and design practitioners. During a one-day workshop in...
Oak couture is a public installation and photography project that was initiated by the PLAY JUMP EAT team from Messy Monkey Arts in conjunction with the Cape Town Fashion Week 2010. The initiative involved five different "creatives" dressing five big oak trees in Company's Gardens, each in 30...
2010
MoDILA is a trust that offers educational programs that raise awareness, trains and inspire the public, and offers an interactive multimedia platform for design, innovation and entrepreneurship and art studies. Touching on the significance of the knowledge economy and the invaluable contribution...
2009
Otto Mentzel in his reminiscences of life at the Cape during the perod 1732 to 1740 recalls that there were two reservoirs in use by this time connected by wooden pipes. The upper-most was in the vicinity of the present day tennis courts off Hof street and the other above today's Caledon Square....
2009
In 2009, Makeka Design Lab displayed its artwork 'Rest' at the Gwangju Design Biennale. A copy of the 'Rest' presentation is available in PDF format below. “One Earth, One Sun”: We, together as one communityByoung Soo Cho, Curator for Living The theme of the exhibition, “One Earth, One Sun” is...