RT in Cities Pavilion – work in progress

Scaffolding being erected








Another view of the scaffolding








Freshly cut bamboo arriving








Empty milk bottles and the crew








Preparing to bind the crates








Water tanks in place as ballast








The pavilion exterior is made entirely from recycled and reusable materials so as to produce zero waste after deconstruction. It is a scaffold cube clad in 1700 multi-coloured re-usable plastic milk crates filled with 20,400 empty milk bottles, all tied to the scaffolding frame. Low energy lighting behind the crates illuminates the entire structure at night turning it into a glowing ‘jewel box’ promoting responsible tourism in cities. The interior contrasts with the exterior waste world, being clad entirely in timber (sourced from Durban’s Working for Water programme), fixed with twine to allow later re-use. The interior is lit from above with translucent roof panels and is filled with fragrant Fynbos from the Cape Floral Kingdom. At roof level the organic interior metaphorically ‘grows’ out of the crates in the form of a forest of wooden poles which wave in the breeze giving the structure a kinetic and sculptural presence.

This space is and will combine displays (e.g., text panels, plasma screen displays, printed material) with interactive sessions that include a schedule of smaller presentations, discussions or gatherings taking place within the exhibition space, running throughout the dates of Indaba (May 7-10, 2011). The national Minister of Tourism will open the pavilion on 7 May along with the CEO of South African Tourism, hosted by Cape Town Alderman Felicity Purchase. The first-ever RT Fringe Networking event will take place there on Sunday, 8 May at 17h00.

Below, an overview of the pavilion concept, and its application a year ago at the FIFA World Cup.

The RT in Cities Pavilion for Indaba is in the process of being constructed by Touching the Earth Lightly in Durban. We’ve provided some photos of the work in progress.