CS Studio Architects / South Africa GUGULETHU CENTRAL MARKET, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, 1998 When a new market in Gugulethu was to be designed, the architect held a workshop with the future users. They were very unwilling to have a concrete floor laid, since among the vendors there is a tradition of burying so-called umuthi (medicine) from a sangoma (traditional healer) beneath the stall sites to influence sales positively. The architect suggested the concrete floor for hygienic reasons, and it took many meetings to convince the users. They still maintain the medicine tradition, but in new ways, for example by placing umuthi beneath a crate in their stalls.
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