A/Prof Tanja Bosch speaks at Kpakpakpa Design Sessions at Zeitz MOCAA

1 Mar 2018 - 09:45
Associate Professor Tanja Bosch talks about social media and the dynamics of the city. Image credit: Kpakpakpa Design Sessions.


On 21 February CFMS’ Associate Professor Tanja Bosch presented in the Urban Systems panel at the Kpakpakpa Design Sessions, at the Zeitz MOCAA Museum, located in the V&A Waterfront. A/Prof Bosch was part of a panel on how to rethink space in the city. In her talk entitled "Social media and the dynamics of the city", she spoke about how social media architectures can replicate offline spatial inequalities.

The organiser, Cher Potter, is a South African curator and Senior Researcher at the University of the Arts in London, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She initiated the AfriDesignX network, a Pan-African network of designers and academics championing design futures across the continent.

“Design is no longer only about making beautiful chairs, tables and dresses. In the 21st century it includes designing systems, reimagining urban identities, and building new worlds. How is the revolution taking shape in South Africa and what creative links are being forged across the continent?” Audiences were invited to learn from pioneering designers, and academics in the fields of robotics, fashion design, architecture, and video games design, as they shed light on this transformation.

A/Prof Bosch’s session explored designing urban systems focusing on redesigning Cape Town from within, above and through virtual systems. She spoke specifically about how the city is reflected in social media. She then participated in a live debate on Urban Systems, hosted by Njoki Ngumi from the Nest Collective in Nairobi. Other participants in the debate included Mokena Makeka, founder of Makeka Design Lab, and Johnny Miller, creator of Unequal Scenes.

For more information visit the Kpakpakpa Design Sessions website.