By SID student Terhi P.
Howzit? My calendar tells me that I have been here in Cape Town for three months now. Time flies, even in a place where the concept of time is very different, African-time, as they say.
Project work and studying at CPUT
I am here related to the UFISA collaboration and been mostly involved with the activities of Kujali Living Lab, social incubator for ICT based solutions at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Kujali has provided me an opportunity to take part e.g in a rural community development initiative, as well as to work together with local emergency unit doctors in a mobile app development project. It has been an interesting opportunity to introduce and apply service design methods and tools in a foreign culture and context, and there is a great interest to strengthen design thinking approach for development initiatives. Kujali has also a new “accelerator” office at Bandwith barn, a hub for innovative, design focused companies and start-ups, through which I have been able to gain insights on the creative industry side of the city.
In addition to Kujali projects, I have been taking part in a course on Design Theory & History, together with local Industrial Design students. It’s been really interesting to see how design subjects are taught in a university another side of the world. Not that differently actually. Lekker. I am also very much looking forward to a new collaboration project that is starting in connection to the CPUT Desis Lab, where our aim is to utilize service design approach and methods in a renovation process of a medical clinic.
I have also attended couple special design workshops while in here. CPUT design department is collaboration closely with Köln International School of Design (KISD), and one of the concrete manifestations of the collaboration is a joint project investigating the urban phenomena of gentrification in Berlin and Cape Town.