I am the co-director of dala with Doung Jahangeer. dala is an interdisciplinary creative collective that believes in the transformative role of creativity in building safer and more liveable cities. dala believes that sustainable change can only happen through democratic participation and collaboration. dala therefore facilitates creative initiatives between creative practitioners from a variety of backgrounds (artists, architects, researchers, performers, urban planners, designers), the municipality and most importantly the people and organisations that live and work within and around the city.
In an ongoing endeavour to link theory and practice, I am also involved with the African Centre for Cities, researching public art and cultural planning, and am in the process of establishing the Urban Cultures CityLab with Ismail Farouk.