Empower Shack was a two-week design and build workshop aimed at developing a replicable shack prototype for a site in Cape Town. 

Using an actual site in South Africa as a model, 24 international students and participants from the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich explored the complexity of living conditions in informal settlements, and the social role of architects in helping to address the economic, ecological and security challenges faced by residents. 

The site is in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Done in collaboration with Swisspearl, the Brillembourg & Klumpner Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, the BLOCK research group at ETH, and South African NGO Ikhayalami.

Empower Shack was a two-week design and build workshop aimed at developing a replicable shack prototype for a site in Cape Town. 

Using an actual site in South Africa as a model, 24 international students and participants from the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich explored the complexity of living conditions in informal settlements, and the social role of architects in helping to address the economic, ecological and security challenges faced by residents. 

The site is in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Done in collaboration with Swisspearl, the Brillembourg & Klumpner Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, the BLOCK research group at ETH, and South African NGO Ikhayalami.