Inclusive Maseru: a third space of community: exploring the current discourse in the Maseru city metropolis through the lens of thirdspace & thresholds of an Urban Music Academy
The thesis investigates a language of space that addresses the complexities of identity and culture in the architectural and urban planning discourse. Complexities that have long been at the heart of discussions relating to architectural form and inclusivity. From derivatives of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze’s “FOLD” concept to theories of Edward Soja’s “Third space” and Edward Casey’s investigations on boundaries and edge conditions, to other sub-theme investigations of concepts of space and form. These concepts of space investigated from different perspectives of Philosophers, Urban theorist, Anthropologist, Geographers, and Architects, are to produce spaces that understand and comment on their context and site. The proposed building is derived from an analysis and processing of the site’s complexities, addressing overlapping and distinguishable layers within the geographical site and social practice. The investigation herein carried out in the context of Maseru, Lesotho, is to address a need identified through youth development agendas and proposes to introduce an Urban Arts Academy in the middle of the city. The proposed building is generated from an understanding and analysis of “Inclusive space” and opens an architectural inquiry to a phenomenological approach of placemaking. The architectural aim is to investigate a design that is for an existing transient music subculture which informs the program and the site to create a space of dialogue between different social and cultural layers. Space is a dynamic construct of forming place within time, in between the dynamism, there is a medium for promoting cohesion instead of separation. A place for inclusive contribution. This approach leads to the research that space is therefore a constantly changing and dynamic substance that is as relative to “a point” as time. In its post-modernist definition, space is not static and just for function, but ever-changing beyond the usual perception of static tangible objects, but also as a construction of identity and culture it remains relative to dialogue.