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Thomas Chapman of Local Studio at Design Indaba

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on February 22, 2016
Thomas Chapman of Local Studio at Design Indaba

Thomas Chapman, Local Studio

Architect Thomas Chapman is inspired by the conviction that South Africans must "reknit" historically segregated communities using public space. To stifle popular demonstrations, the apartheid-era government restricted where assembly halls could be built, a legacy that has left the nation a paucity of community hubs. Local Studio recasts disused infrastructure in Johannesburg, such as a former German consulate building, as affordable housing, cultural centers, and parks. 

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