“The overall aim is to create a greater sense of community, a healthier and safer environment, and access to better resources, opportunities for everyday skills development and education,”
Hassell Head of Design, Angus Bruce commended Michelle for her brave research topic, saying cities should not turn their backs on communities that through social stigma find themselves downtrodden and disenfranchised.
“These districts are home to some of the world’s most vulnerable people and they need help to connect with services and opportunities to lift themselves up. As designers of cities and public places, we can broaden our remit and play a role alongside local agencies to help address important but fraught social issues like these,” Angus said.
Once the current global travel restrictions have been lifted, Michelle plans to using the Hassell Travelling Scholarship to travel to Cape Town to meet with the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading ‘VPUU’ team working in Khayelitsha – one of the youngest townships in South Africa that’s already suffering from marginalisation, poor health conditions and crime.
Now in its 30th year, the Hassell Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award recognises graduating landscape architecture students who show outstanding potential for future contribution to the profession. The award provides the winner with the opportunity to expand their education through travel to a destination undergoing significant development or renewal.