Jacques Orton

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2010 Innovative Learning through ETDs Award

Master’s in Architecture

University of Pretoria, South Africa 

Jacques’ master’s thesis explored the possibilities in shifting ecological, environmental and economic trends towards long-term sustainability in post-apartheid South Africa.  His plans to revitalize an aging urban center in the outskirts of Pretoria are now the talk of scholars and urban planners who are advocating for legislative policy change.  His vision presents the tremendous potential to turn-around the poverty ravaged areas of his home town and transform this region through micro-economic development and provide a model for others around the world including developers in far-away Detroit, Michigan and many other gentrified urban centers.


Urban Agriculture. A Community Development Project

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