Lungisisa Indlela Village (LIV)
South Africa
LIV is a home to 600 vulnerable children. Each child is given an opportunity to be loved by a family and find belonging and a sense of self-worth.
'It takes a village to raise a child'. Especially in a society so broken and dismantled by our past as ours is. A village for 600 orphaned and vulnerable children. Houses for 6 in a surrogate family lead by a mother. Clusters of houses as an intermediate social scale. An Early Childhood Development Centre [ECD]. A clinic and social welfare support. A school, sports fields and tennis courts. A hall and indoor sports facility for all. Administration and marketing offices. A network of movement routes, connections, spaces. Defined, shaded and lined with trees, still to come. All leading to a Village Piazza, a centre of village life, collective identity, incidental exchange of residents and visitors. Simple materials and finishes. Pitched roofs, painted masonry walls, simple window compositions. A severely limited budget. Rainwater storage, solar power generation, local effluent disposal. Crop farming, small manufacture, a market system for provisions. A transitional piece of outside reality. A place to find belonging, individual and collective identity, individual and collective self-worth.

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