South African Cultural Observatory National Conference
arts & culture
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

MEASURING & VALUING SOUTH AFRICA’S CULTURAL & CREATIVE ECONOMY

Kevin Kimwelle

Kimwelle’s foundation in architectural studies and experience begun in Nairobi, Kenya and continued to Port Elizabeth with his undergraduate and master studies. He pursues a multidisciplinary doctoral research between CPUT, NMMU and Wismar University (Germany) where he is sensitive to people centred approach under supervision Prof. Mugendi K M'Rithaa and further responds to the urgency towards social justice through activist and co-supervisor Prof. Janet Cherry. Well travelled Eastern and Southern Africa in overland trips his work is mainly within the genre of community

Well travelled Eastern and Southern Africa in overland trips his work is mainly within the genre of community design/architecture where he explores alternatives that ground the green agenda in communities promoting a holistic sustainable development. with a musical background, he was part of the team behind the iconic Alliance Française Richmond Hill Street Music Festival growing it from 500 to 35,000people between 2011 – 2015; here he focused on its urban design, community participation and promoting a green culture.  Currently under construction is the Masifunde Leaner Academy - a green education building in Gqebera / Walmer Township that promotes creativity the green agenda amount the youth. The Joe Slovo West Community Project has is a green centre that was the only architecture and social project nominated in 2017 Design Indaba’s MBOISA (most beautiful object in South Africa), The work has a high social impact and creatively tackles various layers of community needs whilst building capacity in the township.

Kevin Kimwelle