As a social enterprise, we operate through a mixed a diverse set of services and social impact activities in support of our practice model.

our service activity offering

SOCIO-TECHNICAL SUPPORT

SOCIO-TECHNICAL SUPPORT

1to1 provides socio-technical support to individuals or groups who are seeking to positively change their neighborhoods or community areas. This work typically takes the form of supporting spatially disadvantaged groups of people, but is applicable to any condition across South Africa.

SPATIAL DESIGN & CO-MAKING

SPATIAL DESIGN & CO-MAKING

1to1 offers traditional architectural and urban services, and is developing additional modes of spatial design support in the form of a set of neighbourhood design offerings. Our approach is guided by principles of participation, co-production and spatial justice.

FACILITATION & ENGAGEMENT

FACILITATION & ENGAGEMENT

1to1 provides a series of services around participative engagement strategies, facilitation as well as various other spatial development support activities. This is typically done between grass-root entities, academics, private sector practices, government or civil groups.

TEACHING & TRAINING

TEACHING & TRAINING

1to1 provides a teaching/training service in the across a disciplinary spread of technical, design and process driven fields. We have worked with various local and international universities as well as local governmental and grass-roots entities in various training and teaching programmes related to our organisational goals.

RESEARCH

RESEARCH

1to1 offers field, desktop and various form of user centered research services. Our focus is typically urban, spatial and can be design-led/design supported. The research approach that we employ is positionally critical, grounded and framed by our values of spatial as well as social justice.

ADVOCACY

ADVOCACY

1to1 has developed a strong position in regards to the systemic nature of South Africa’s spatial inequality. In this regard we are committed to working towards spatial justice through supporting grass-roots level development as well as grounded forms of spatial development. This work is tied into our various services and is pushed through various projects.


Socio-Technical Support

  • Project Identification Support (Neighborhood Builder Pack)
    • Needs Analysis Support
    • SWOT Framing Support
    • Vision Framing & Communication Support
  • Timeline Planing Guidance
  • Socio-Technical Evaluation
    • Context Analysis
    • Project Framing
    • Building/Infrastructure Identification & Framing
    • Social Support Identification & Framing
    • Spatial Drawing Production
    • Additional Support/Collaborator Identification & Contact
  • Story Telling Support (multimedia/technical)

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Socio-Technical Support

Spatial Design & Co-Making

Spatial Design & Co-Making

  • Traditional Architectural Services (co-productive):
    • Measuring & Assessment
    • Structural/Dwelling Design Services
    • Technical Drawing Production
    • BOQ & Costing Development
    • Built Project Support
    • Council Submission
  • Spatial Design Services (co-productive):
  • Project Plan Development and Management
    • Life-World Mapping
    • Site Analysis
    • SWOT Analysis
    • Timeline Planing Guidance
  • Construction & Making Services (co-productive):
    • Technical Resource Evaluation
    • Building Plan Development
    • Project Management & Support
    • Technical Resourcing
    • Human-Centered Making Support

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Facilitation & Engagement

Facilitation & Engagement

  • ‘Community’ Engagement Services
    • User/Collective pre-engagement
    • User-led Research & Facilitation
    • Documentation & Report Writing
    • Story-Telling Support
  • Project Process Facilitation
    • Individual/Team Support
  • Workshop Social Facilitation
    • Individual/Team Support

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Teaching & Training

Teaching & Training

  • University Teaching/Lecturing Services:
    • Course/Curriculum Development
    • Course Teaching
    • Student Evaluation
    • Mentorship & Support
  • Training Services (for any of our service offerings or related fields):
    • Grass-Roots Leadership/Practitioners
    • Professionals
    • Government Employees/Practitioners
    • Private Sector Companies

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Research

Research

  • Field Work (participative):
    • Context/Spatial Assessment
    • Survey/Assessments
    • Life-World Mapping
    • User/Collective
    • Spatial Analysis
  • Design Research:
    • Socio-Technical R&D
    • System/Tool Development
    • Technical Specification Development
  • Publication & Research Services
  • Desktop Research:
    • GIS Analysis
    • Spatial Analysis
    • Literature Assessments
    • Policy Evaluation
    • Historical Research

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Advocacy

Advocacy

  • Advocation for Spatial Justice in our cities
  • Proactive Recognition of the Systemic Legacy of Colonial & Apartheid Planning in Our Cities
  • Challenging of Agency Allocation in South Africa’s post-1994 Development System
  • Inclusion of Grass-Roots Voices & Leadership in Spatial development processes
  • Strengthening of Socio-Technical Design Practitioners (Built Environment)
  • Challenging of Spatial Stigmas & Bias of ‘informality’ and ‘poverty’ in our cities

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Want to volunteer?

1to1 has a long tradition of supporting those who would like to enter or get involved in this field of work as interns, volunteers or project specific work contracts.

Want to work with us?

1to1 is always open to work with new collaborators and partners across academic, civil, private or governmental sectors.

Grass-roots entities are welcome to contact us to discuss support.