Mission 

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Our Mission

To empower inadequately sheltered families to overcome economic and social challenges and barriers through innovation and collaboration in designing for the future vision of their home and community.  

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Our Why 

Ubuntu Design Group exists to solve design problems for formal and informal communities (shanty-towns) around the world. Ideally, we want to work ourselves out of a job! Please help us create a world where Ubuntu doesn’t have to exist


How We Plan to Change the World

According to the UN Habitat 2014, currently 828 million people live in slums and inadequate housing around the world and this is projected to grow to 3 billion people by 2030. In South Africa, 2.19 of 16.9 million households live in informal settlements (StatsSA, 2016).

The above statistics have stirred Ubuntu Design Group to form a design process model known as Ubuntu Home, which is aimed at providing an alternative design method to conventional housing projects. Ubuntu Home is a tool that will provide dignified housing in line with the first target of the UN SDG 11.

We want to give a voice to impoverished communities, empowering them to create sustainable homes and holistically healthy neighbourhoods that incorporate local culture, craft and creativity. Through the Ubuntu design process, we want to build not only houses for the community but a spirit of togetherness.

Ideally we want to work ourselves out of a job! Please help us create a world where Ubuntu does not have to exist.

So, Here's What We Do..

Our Goal “Ubuntu Design Group exists to solve design problems for formal and informal communities (shanty-towns) around the world through innovation and an inclusive development approach.

Listen to Build We pay attention to how communities are already solving problems and overcoming challenges. We also listen to what what communities want and need in their architecture and implement what we hear to design and build places and homes together with the community....

Build to Enable Our designs enable growth over time, commerce, and the development of opportunities within the community. This helps develop vibrant, healthy communities.

Enable Ubuntu We care about creating a holistic community, not only about creating a house and a commercial space. Through listening and through empowering opportunity, we enable such communities to grow

OUR DESIGN SERVICES INCLUDE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, MASTER PLANNING, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, AND STRATEGIC PLANNING.