Kirsten Wilkins

Age: 41
From: Cape Town, South Africa

About Kirsten

Kirsten Wilkins is a freelance urban designer and architect in Cape Town. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Masters in city planning and urban design and, after working in New York and locally as an architect, her focus moved to issues of design and social justice at a metropolitan scale.

Her design work and collaborative efforts are crafted to create a positive interface between authority and creative public engagement in the city. Translating urban design theory into usable tools for improving authentic city living and researching the parameters of Open Source Urban Design in the context of the African city, Kirsten strives to be authentic in understanding the lives and experiences of those she represents, and believes the most dangerous place to design a city is from a desk. As such, she is an avid bicycle commuter.
In 2017, Kirsten was selected as Unogwaja team member #54 and flys the shoOops flag proudly!
She is still wondering when Comrades can be done by bicycle…

After being part of Unogwaja 2017, I’m so excited to join the love train and keep up the momentum of fundraising and continuing to be a part of the amazing Unogwaja family!

This is not an event. And we are not event organisers

I view Unogwaja as the facilitator of a self-powered journey.

The culmination of the physical preparation, financial fundraising and numerous conversations moving people to a place of understanding and support are where the real work lies. It’s bound to be an incredibly demanding end celebration, but those 11 days of courage are just that, a facilitated celebration of very determined efforts before we set off on day one.

I really appreciate the first day bicycle ride set off where others can join in. It underscores the very collaborative and transversal effort required get to the startline and is indeed an amazing picture of the collaboration required to overcome societal hardships more generally.