Listen to Build

Sustainable Cities and Communities by Design


May 2021

1 HSW CE Credit, AIA # DAS434-21 - 1 HSW LU, IDCEC # 114622 - 1 HSW CEU

About this webinar

Architecture is a beacon of commonality. Listening empowers people to become a part of the process by speaking up about what they want, choosing how they wish to live. In this session, we will be walking through the process of designing and building the Mtshali Family Home in Durban, South Africa. You’ll learn Listen to Build strategies you can use in your practice to involve the client in designing a solution that improves their health and wellness in a way that is sustainable and respectful of your clients priorities, preferences, and experiences.

The content of this course has not been approved by the United Nations and does not reflect the views of the United Nations or its officials or Member States.

Hosted by Wandile Mthiyane

Wandile Mthiyane is a young professional who founded and leads Ubuntu Design Group (UDG), which is an architecture organization that focuses on social impact design ranging from housing to urban design. Influenced by his childhood experiences growing up in post-apartheid South Africa, Wandile founded UDG on the premise that if apartheid architecture could segregate and oppress, then community-led design can liberate and enable opportunities for all. UDG developed the concept of Ubuntu Home, a dignified work-live home designed to enable the families to financially sustain themselves, as well as to empower local communitiy amoung residents.

Upon completion, you'll be able to:

  • Discover the foundations of wellness design to create healthy spaces for people and to recognize that these basic principals don’t usually increase the cost of the project.
  • Analyze the building of the Mtshali Family Home to identify ways to incorporate local building techniques, site conditions, and occupant needs.
  • Describe what “Listening to Build” means to you and how it can help inform your work.
  • Improve the way you listen to your clients so as to not let your past experiences overshadow others’ priorities, preferences, and experiences.

Entire 2024 series

$345 Single payment
12 HSW CE credits

Single session

$45 Single payment
1 HSW CE credit

Entire 2024 series

$29/month 12 Monthly payments
12 HSW CE credits

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