Housing & Urban
Environments

Amira Osman has been conducting a teaching experiment that has spanned 22 years using a particular approach to design that demands consideration of multiple design decision makers, the interface between people and the built environment and the technical implications thereof. While at the University of Pretoria (1998-2009), Amira established this research field through a number of courses and studios. In 2015, the experiment was taken further and in more depth in the UJ_UNIT2 studio at the University of Johannesburg. In 2017, Amira has partnered with Afua Wilcox, a young architect with excellent housing experience and a passion for the field. Afua is now leading a process to establish HUE at the Architecture Department, University of Johannesburg as part of the newly launched vertical studio/elective system. This website therefore both documents past HUE work as well as provides a platform for the showcasing of the newly launched HUE_UJ.

 

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2006

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2009

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Latest News

A Scale 1:1 Mock-up

On the 11th of November after preparing most of the site the day before, the community of Bertrams were taken on a tour through their new Community Garden by one of the residents who was part of the design process. The residents assembled and walked along with...

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Community Design Workshop

During engagements with the residents of the Priority Block the open space in the centre of the block was prioritized and further discussion both formal and informal were had time and again about what the space might be used for and which needs it may meet for the...

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