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In many African cities the capacity to survive is often based on a saturated streetlife. Modes of organisation are not necessarily self-evident and activities are increasingly short-lived. For many residents their lives take place on the street, where work and networks are shared, and frequently depends on taking into account the minutest details.
Through this talk Thomas Aquilina will examine the lived experience of the city in Cairo, Addis Ababa, Kampala and Johannesburg, highlighting small but important ways residents can exist and function in these cities. Sometimes resisting or generating the tension between how people move, produce things, sustain livelihoods, find space and make networks; an urban reality represented so succinctly in streetlife.
In 2012 Thomas Aquilina was awarded the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship. His main research interest is in the resiliencies of urban residency in Africa, and with it, the possibilities. He is also student reviewer of African Perspectives 2013 for ArchiAfrika in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Perspectives on Architecture talks series
Photograph by Thomas Aquilina