South of North, Network of Nordic Architects working in developing enviroments, organised a Mouthful of Meetings discussion at the Venice Biennale in September 2014. The idea was to invite contemporary African and Nordic architects to a crosscultural dialogue on socially engaged architecture. The participants included the founder of SouthAfrican Makeka Design Lab, Mokena Makeka, Zimbabwean architect Maxwell Mutanda (CA’ASI, Young Architects in Africa exhibition) and one of the founders of the Rwandanbased Active Social Architecture, Tomà Berlanda. The discussion was moderated by Andres Lepik (Director, Architekturmuseum der Technische Universität Munchen) and Justine Bell (South African architect).
The network has now released a podcast of the discussion on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMplVrejef8. A sound recording is available at southofnorth.squarespace.com/venice-moutful-of-meetings.
South of North is a Nordic collaboration project, founded in October 2013, between twelve young architecture practices working in the nonprofit sector in developing regions. The Finnish founding members are Inari Virkkala (Komitu Architects) and Pilvi Vanamo (Lönnqvist Vanamo Architects).
Further information: southofnorth.squarespace.com.