The focus of land development has been mostly reduced to the mantras of location, timing, short term needs and financial killings, whereas what is really needed is a deeper understanding of the highest form of human settlement.
From the outset the purpose of the development of Karoo Square has been to slowly build a creative community where the members would be free to, through innovation and the pursuit of uncommon ideas, get past the perceptions that limit our notion of the possible. Once this can be achieved, there exist endless possibilities to design and create environments which are conducive to.
An ongoing objective of the Karoo Square community is to spread the knowledge and skills which flow from the creative processes of its different hubs. As education is regarded by the community as one of the most important long term needs of our society regular workshops and classes are held where the useful results of experiments in sustainable architecture, pottery, art, horticulture, graphic and textile design, culinary art and other disciplines are taught.
Ecologically sensitive design and sustainable building are the guidelines in the development of the project. Juliana’s Golden Mole, a red data list species thrives on the property and is fiercely protected.
A spot with bits and pieces of wood, wire and other odds and ends attracts crows. They are comfortable there and prefer it to a stretch of open water with lots of fish and big trees which is the habitat of fish eagles.
Claude Monet created a series of cafe paintings that portray the cafe as a free-and-easy environment in which free thinkers, writers and artists, and ordinary citizens could come together to experience the diversity and prosperity of nineteenth century France.
For Monet, the Cafe was a symbol of everything that was free from the restraints of traditional thought and it epitomized modern Parisian life.
Monet claimed that the convivial atmosphere of the cafe was the ideal city center for the formulation of new ideas as he said:
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