Research and Development in Architectural Theory, Culture and Heritage

2010
Sociocultural Evolutionism Expressed Via TechtonicsSociocultural evolution(ism) is an umbrella term for theories of cultural evolution and social evolution, describing how cultures and societies have developed over time. Although such theories typically provide models for understanding the...
Makeka Design Labs has been invited to participate in the Phaidon Atlas project, with a selection of some of our best projects.Check out http://phaidonatlas.com/ for more information.
Makeka Design Labs has been invited to participate in the University of Cape Town's 'Architectural League'. The exhibition will be taking place at the Centre for African Studies Gallery (the Harry Oppenheimer Building, University of Cape Town) from 17:30 to 21:00 on 28 May 2013.The University of...
Makeka Design Lab is proud to be acknowledged by the premier brand communication awards in the Africa & The Middle East, The Loerie Awards. Our design for the South African Police Service Railway Police Station in Retreat is the inaugural recipient of the Gold Loerie Award for Three Dimensional...
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...
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.
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...
2009
In 2009 Makeka Design Laboratory and Malcolm Worby Designs had been appointed as the architects for the new facilities for the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Public Administration.  The project was mandated to be as sustainable as possible.  With the introduction of the Green Building...