Astrid on Academics
The beginning of February saw the exciting launch of our team edge Instagram takeovers! Over the next couple of months, get to know our girl gang a little better as we each take the Instagram reigns to discuss all things Urban Design and why we love what we do. We kicked things off with our first official edgelet, Astrid!
I LOVE quirky ‘easter eggs’ dotted around a development! I believe that neighbourhoods should be fun and distinctive, encouraging people to smile and get outside together to integrate as a community. Public spaces are where everybody is truly equal, and these spaces should therefore be celebrated in all their glory!
For example, for my scheme in Durban, South Africa (at Oxford Brookes University) I created ‘Mandela’s Quarter’ – a vibrant neighbourhood which aimed to mitigate against rising xenophobic issues in the district and revitalise the African philosophy of ‘Ubutnu’, by integrating quirky assets such as a floating swimming pool; canary yellow pedestrian bridge; PINK sports courts; water fountains; and by designing contemporary, colourful buildings which reflect upon Durban’s traditional art-deco architectural form.⠀
It would be wonderful to live in a world where our towns and cities are as diverse as the natural environment! Or even better… if everything was painted edge PINK!
Written by Astrid