Introducing sericulture to the rural: exploring how architecture can act as a hybrid model that can initiate change and transformation within a rural society
Caldeira, Bianca Fernandes
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The focus of this dissertation stems from an interest in the physical and abstract parameters of the rural Bainsvlei community in Bloemfontein and their socio-economic problems that affects rural schools and children. This dissertation investigates how architectural hybridity can act as a model for change and transformation, particularly at Tjhabelang Primary School (figure 01) located in the rural community of Bainsvlei. Similar studies often confront the challenges of limited resources and education with traditional images of thought and fails to address the true root of the poverty cycle, that lies with the parental figures of children. Children are completely reliant on their parental sources for a better future and parents have the authority to install change. By disrupting the traditional image of thought and essentially habits, it can create place for change and new possibilities. This is done by introducing a platform where architecture act as a hybrid model of recognisable traditional methods within a larger scheme that speaks of change. This idea of change and disruption is already encompassed in the sericulture process, which is the rearing of silkworms for the production of silk. The Africa Silks Farm and Weavery as client introduce new opportunities in the community, such as employment, agriculture, trade and public events. Without change there is no room for development; this research explores a different view on how we can disrupt existing patterns in rural communities by creating new opportunities and essentially a pathway out of poverty.