Kegan Stokes

WITS University


In response to an area that lacks informal trade and local food, the proposal aims to educate and assist locals in growing produce, cooking food and selling both. The two major components of the proposal are the cooking school and urban farm, which work hand-in-hand with each other to build a workshop-based approach in taking a person from learning (how to grow fresh produce and cook), to selling (both fresh produce and food). The ground plane of the building prioritises the pedestrian, activates the walkable edge and encourages engagement between private and public and trader and seller; key aspects missing in the existing site and surrounds. The proposal also functions as a public branch from the arterial road, Helen Joseph St and forms a link from it to Du Toit St, creating market-style informal trade opportunities and social spaces.