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SOS Africa's Thato - An Architect in the Making

25 Jun 2013

Whilst drawing his “Dream House” for the SOS Africa Children’s Blog, little did 7 year old Thato from Lonely Park Township, know that his sketch would not only be appreciated by people all over the World but would be admired and published by an architect!

Thato's "Dream House"

A few days ago SOS Africa received an exciting email from David Scheer, an architect and Director of the architecture firm ‘Scheer and Scheer Inc’ based in Salt Lake City, Utah. David had been searching the internet for images which illustrate the qualities of drawing that are disappearing in design as the profession prioritises the use of digital tools. During his search he stumbled upon the SOS Africa Children’s Blog and was so impressed by Thato’s masterpiece that he asked if it could be included in his new book: "The Death of Drawing: Architecture in the Age of Simulation" to be published next year by Routledge:

"I chose Thato's drawing of his "dream house" for my book not only because the drawing itself is wonderful, but also because it shows ideas and images of home shared by people in every part of the world. The clear, simple geometry of the drawing's forms relates Thato's house to our human experience of space. The separate dwelling shows our desire for individual expression, while the large, red roof indicates the home's protective role. The smoking chimney represents the hearth, the traditional centre of family life. The fancifully colored tree is a marvelous symbol for the beauty of nature and our desire to live in harmony with it. Finally, in the background we see other houses, indicating our need for community. I'm profoundly moved to see all this in a child's drawing from a distant part of the world. For me, it is evidence of our common needs and desires as human beings, and gives me hope for a future in which we will live in the light of our shared humanity rather than our superficial differences."

Thato's first day at school

Since starting the charity we have been in constant awe of the skills and talents of the SOS Africa Children. We are so excited to see them develop and discover these talents and realise their dreams. Who knows, at the age of only 6, Thato might already be showing signs of An architect in the making…

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