Background Research

Canterbury Street Lot before the project

Throughout the seven weeks of preparation prior to our arrival in Cape Town, South Africa, our team explored topics that would be beneficial for the success of our project. We researched the importance of street individuals in society and looked at different initiatives regarding public spaces and its effect on the street community. Our team also gathered various information on different themes related to fostering community, including:


Philosophy Behind Helping the Homeless

Belonging and its Psychological Impact on Street People

Establishing Social Inclusion in the Street Community

Understanding Homelessness’ Role in Urban Development

Investigating the Effect of Public Spaces on Cities

Creating a Sense of Community Through Green Areas

Commemorating the Street Community’s Lives