A travelling exhibition on the INFORMAL STUDIO: MARLBORO SOUTH documents the outcomes of the studio and its post-course engagement. It seeks to demonstrate the value of participative design practice in education and practice towards developing contextually founded and achievable approaches to city-making. At the same time, it portays the complexity of engagement across cultural, social and economic divides and makes a case for the redefinition of the role of the professional from top-down expert to grass-roots agent. This process is captured in multiple narratives which take the form of drawing, maps, diagrams, models, comic and film. The exhibition was curated by Anne Graupner of 26’10 south Architects and its content has been shown in various local and international fora, including the South African Presidency.
The exhibition opened at the Goethe-Institut in March 2013 preceded by a film screening in Marlboro South. A newspaper was produced as both a reportage and catalogue. A satellite exhibition was installed in the local institute of architecture (GIfA) in which the Processes of Engagement Map was blown up to fill the space and make an explicit point of the importance of process over object-orientated design solutions in the informal context.