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STREET LEVEL DRUG USE

street level

this project sits at the nexus between communities affected by street level use, the users themselves and the various institutions responding to drug addiction in the city of durban. it is a trans-disciplinary research project, bringing together those trained in sociology, criminology, education, art, public health, addiction medicine, and drama. as a participatory action research project it will also include city officials, police officers and civil society actors in designing the research and in developing strategies. the purpose of this initiative is to gather nuanced narratives from all those affected and begin investigating appropriate responses both at grassroots and policy levels. a key aim of this project is to provide the very human and embodied face of this drug, and enabling a more enriched and grounded way of coping with drug use, and exploring what interventions are best suited for dealing with problematic drug use in a south african urban context.

 

while this project will focus on whoonga (low grade heroin) use and its harmful effects on individuals and communities in durban, the results of this project will have very real outcomes for other cities dealing with the dilemma of the harmful effects of street level drug use. ways of reducing harm for all affected persons is a fundamental of this project. this project has an important innovation and engagement component. in april 2017 the urban futures centre together with tb/hiv care association launched south africa’s first low in come opioid substitution therapy (ost) demonstration project. 50 low income heroin users, mostly smokers, are beneficiaries of this project. the project is an important research base for testing out harm reduction locally, and for advocating for better policies and interventions in regard to drug use disorders. funding for this demonstration project comes from: the national institute of humanities and social science; mainline; and open society foundation. equity pharmaceuticals have provided an opioid substitute, methadone, at no cost to the project.

 

 

万彩吧246免资料大全to learn more about the ost programme please click  to visit the project website. for more information on drug policy in south africa please click  to visit the sa drug policy week 2018 website.

 

Project Partners: TB/HIV Care Association, King Edward Hospital; KZN Department of Health; Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town; HIV/TB Care; Durban Metropolitan Police; Safer Cities Department, eThekwini Municipality; Dennis Hurley Centre; Big Brotherhood Community Theatre Group; Central Drug Authority; UNODC (Pretoria Office); doctors in private and public practice.

 

Principal Investigator: Prof. Monique Marks (moniquem@dut.nhyw985.cn)

 

IMAGINING A CITY WITHOUT WALLS

citywalls

万彩吧246免资料大全the imagining a city without walls project was initiated in april 2014. the aim of this project is to bring together key network actors to interrogate the relationship between home security and defensive boundaries, particularly walls. through working closely with policing actors as our key partners, the roles that walls play in suburban spaces is being investigated. this has already opened pathways for fresh deliberations and imaginings about suburban boundary design. the approach of crime prevention through environmental design is critical in framing this project and its design outcomes. the basic assumption and dominant design ‘imperative’ that high walls make suburban residents safer will be questioned through a process of conversations, ethnographic explorations and incident reports.

 

arguably the most exciting part of this project is the real time urban ‘experiment’ that has begun. the alliance francaise in durban has decided, as a result of this project, to break down their boundary wall and in its place create a boundary that is more transparent, welcoming, aesthetically pleasing while at the same time optimising safety through natural surveillance. in 2016 an architectural competition was held to find the best possible alternative design to the boundary wall. an excellent set of designs were provided. three designs were shortlisted. the competition was won by durban architect and urban designer, paul wygers. we aim to have the new boundary structure in place by december 2018. this project is viewed as catalytic. breaking down the wall of an iconic cultural institution, we believe, will send a strong message to other suburban dwellers about the importance of natural surveillance and of human connectivity in the quest for a safe and socially coherent city.

 

Project Partners: Alliance Francise Durban; DUT Architecture Department; Council for Scientific and Industrial Research; Blue Security; ADT; Durban Metropolitan Police; SAPS Umbilo and Westville; Morningside Residents’ Committee; dala Architects; eThekwini Safer Cities.

 

Principal Investigator: Prof. Monique Marks (moniquem@dut.nhyw985.cn)

BLUE SKIES - NARRATIVES OF HOME AND NEIGHBOURHOOD

万彩吧246免资料大全This project broadly examines how state housing models shape the social landscape of South Africa, in this study in the city of Durban. In doing so it aims to critically explore the paradigms and pedagogies within the disciplines of the built environment, namely those involved in urban planning such as town planning, architecture and urban design. The broad disciplinary field of the built environment has not been as transformative as had hoped in creating equal and socially just urban spaces. This project explores what urban planning could do better through using a creative and participatory action research framework. The data focuses on the perspective of the people who live in state housing units, providing a much-needed qualitative micro-level focus in a field that has existing rich literature on the macro economic and social debates around housing. Various models of state housing should be locations for investigating not only what it means