Project: Lukhanyo Hub

Project: Lukhanyo Hub

Lukhanyo Hub is a catalytic initiative for learning, innovation and social entrepreneurship in the heart of Khayelitsha, one of the largest and most underprivileged townships in Cape Town. It is a model project with the potential to impact design-build research in South Africa and beyond.

Where

LUKHANYO HUB AT KHAYELITSHA

Lukhanyo Hub is located 25 km southeast of downtown Cape Town in Khayelitsha, one of South Africa’s largest and fastest growing townships. It is characterised by high degrees of urban informality; density and vibrant emergent economy serving ± 400,000 people within an area of 43km2.

Lukhanyo Hub is located within the property of an existing school thereby optimising rare township open space in an innovative and effective manner. The close proximity to 8 other schools, transport amenities and social facilities allow the facility to serve a broad constituency in the area. The location and orientation of the facility strongly reinforces the idea of creating a connected and integrated neighbourhood that favours accessibility and proximity.

Why

PROBLEM STATEMENT

Land in South African townships are notoriously fraught with seemingly insurmountable challenges relating to poor service delivery, rapid urbanisation and social and economic impoverishment. The efforts to counter the apartheids separatist spatial legacy and offer value to historically marginalised areas are frustrated by a lack of vision and limited state resources. As a result townships show little hope of plotting a more fruitful future for its inhabitants.

The Lukhanyo Hub project presents a bold, holistic and experimental approach to development in townships. Through strategic public and private sector partners, the project responds to some of the urgent socio-economic needs of Khayelitsha through both infrastructure and programs. Key pillars of this include:

  • Affordable and accessible housing
  • Holistic learning (from cradle to career)
  • Health services
  • Sports and recreational facilities
  • Safe and secure public spaces

Why

PROBLEM STATEMENT

Land in South African townships are notoriously fraught with seemingly insurmountable challenges relating to poor service delivery, rapid urbanisation and social and economic impoverishment. The efforts to counter the apartheids separatist spatial legacy and offer value to historically marginalised areas are frustrated by a lack of vision and limited state resources. As a result townships show little hope of plotting a more fruitful future for its inhabitants.

The Lukhanyo Hub project presents a bold, holistic and experimental approach to development in townships. Through strategic public and private sector partners, the project responds to some of the urgent socio-economic needs of Khayelitsha through both infrastructure and programs. Key pillars of this include:

  • Affordable and accessible housing
  • Holistic learning (from cradle to career)
  • Health services
  • Sports and recreational facilities
  • Safe and secure public spaces

How

HOW LUKHANYO HUB WORKS

Lukhanyo Hub in Site C, Khayelitsha is a new ‘catalytic’ model developed by Resilient Civic Design Collective (RCDC) and partners to deliver high-quality education, training, recreation programmes, affordable housing and health services alongside employment opportunities delivered through innovative buildings, energy systems and outdoor spaces in economically under-resourced areas. The system is supported through public-private partnership creating an economically sustainable system.

The overall system is being developed as a model that is replicable in multiple contexts both within South Africa and other African countries and other continents. The model will be responsive and respectful of its context and adaptive to changing conditions over time.

The model works at a precinct-scale developing a longterm inclusive development strategy for a 1.5km radius. Lukhanyo Hub in Site C, Khayelitsha is a new ‘catalytic’ model developed by RCDC to deliver affordable housing, high quality education, training, recreation programmes and health services alongside employment opportunities delivered through innovative buildings, energy systems and outdoor spaces in economically under-resourced areas.

SUCCESSES TO DATE

  • RCDC facilitated the creation of the Lukhanyo Hub not for profit company (LH NPC) and legal entity which was set up in order to obtain the ability to utilise the land and act as custodians of the Lukhanyo Hub.
  • In 2016 a 40-year lease agreement was signed between LH NPC and Intlanganiso High School’s School Governing Body (SGB) that will enable the development of infrastructure and programs on the under-utilised school grounds.
  • RCDC has secured R11 million in funding for the infrastructure costs of phases 1 and 2 of the Lukhanyo Hub and has contributed to and coordinated pro bono professional work to the value of R2million.
  • The implemented phases of the project comprise sports facilities, a community micro-farm (Lukhanyo Urban Farming Network) and educational support programs.
  • Lukhanyo Hub is an official provincial government Test Bed project initiated by the Human Settlements Department. A multi-department Task Team has been assembled to cooperate on Lukhanyo Hub and devise a trans-versal project delivery system.
  • In 2016 the Western Cape Education Department nominated the Lukhanyo Hub project to the University of Cape Town Honour’s Architecture school Simulated Studio Space and Transformation course.
  • Lukhanyo Hub was selected for the African Centre for Cities (ACC) Integration Syndicate 2018 exhibition and will be featured in an upcoming publication.
  • RCDC have an Affordable Housing Partnership with the Western Cape Human Settlements Departments.