City Desired

Mapping the fine grain of a city awkwardly negotiating change


The Architect

Gita Goven is an architect and humanist with an experience of hardship. Gita’s biography has shaped her vision of architecture’s possibilities. Her studio specialises in the design of integrated and sustainable human settlements. It is urgent work. Housing and the restoration of human dignity are central to the post-apartheid project


The Principal

Alfonso Louw is the principal of St Agnes Primary in Woodstock. It is a good school with a diverse student body, hands-on leader and innovative learner-focussed projects. But St Agnes is also a poor school in a working-class neighbourhood, meaning the odds are massively stacked against its learners succeeding.