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20/02/2018 - sindi's educare & safe-home

Sindi is a woman from Khayelitsha who is in the process of setting up her own ECD. In an effort to assist her with getting her ECD formalised our office did some pro-bono branding and design work for her.

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30/01/2018 - feature in house & garden

House & Garden SA featured our studio in their February publication!


31/10/2017 -  feature on storybird

Isabell Schneider interviewed us for an article she wrote for International World Cities Day, have a look at the article here!

05/10/2017 - Ashleigh Killa featured in between 10and5

Our very own Ashleigh Killa was interviewed by between 10and5!

Read the article here!

07/07/2017 - entry into African architecture awards

Our Ulwazi, Community Curtain project has been entered into the Africa Architecture Awards! Click here to see the entry and vote for our project!

22/06/2017 - winners of the michael ventris award for architecture

theMAAK are humbled to be 1 of 2 recipients of the Michael Ventris Award for Architecture run by the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture for our "Community Curtain" project. Have a look at the project here!

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30/05/2017 - feature in between 10and5

theMAAK was featured in an article on between it here!

13/05/2017 - the or-dition


On the morning of the 11th March 2017 a fire swept through Imizamo Yethu township. The fire destroyed 3500 homes - one of which was the home of Nesta, a part time employee at Thingking. To help raise awareness and funds for those affected by this tragedy Thingking built this gizmo that accepts SnapScan payments. In partnership with Thingking we are looking into using these funds in an appropriate and helpful manner. 


Following the Hout Bay fire our studio decided to engage with the problems faced by all those affected as a means to further understand the complexities and nuances involved when dealing with informality:

1/2 Imizamo Yethu: Build 

This is Nesta, he is from Angola and his house was destroyed by the Hout Bay fire. He now has no home and wants to rebuild. If he seeks alternative shelter , he runs the risk of losing the 'stake' to 'his' land. He is not alone and his situation is not unique. What does it mean if he (and others like him) decide to re-build immediately?

2/2 Imizamo Yethu: Re-block

This is the city, they want use the aftermath of the Hout Bay fire as a chance to re-block the effected areas with the necessary infrastructure and services to ensure a more sustainable/ resilient long term future of the area. Re-blocking will take time and can only account for 66% of everyone who has been displaced.


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Public buildings are accessed by high volumes of people and are therefore able to impact the lives of many. If thinking of a building as a machine, and the efficiency thereof is equal to the no. of people impacted / the amount of matter to build such space, the public ‘machine’ is undoubtedly more efficient in reaching people than the private machine. 

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With ownership comes power, thus if one owns a private property, one may feel more powerful than one who does not. However, if public property is designed in such a way that ownership is shared amongst all users of the space, the power differential is reduced and democratic space is formed. 

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Once established as a democratic space, the ‘territory’ is mutual. This allows for comfortable connections to be made between people. Public buildings can therefore facilitate natural interaction and ultimately foster community. 

09/06/2016 - feature in UCT news

Andrea Weiss from UCT wrote a piece about MAAK, read the article here!