“The Future African City” is the theme of the fifth annual Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) Architectural Sustainable Design Competition.
Daniel van der Merwe, architect at C&CI, says the purpose of the competition is to promote the innovative use of concrete in providing sustainable environments.
“C&CI wants to stimulate fresh thinking that produces original and inventive design proposals, and raise awareness of the critical built environment issues. Concrete is the most commonly used building material in the world, yet much of what it can offer as a sustainable material is overlooked. The proposals to come for this competition should aim to extend the opportunities for sustainability in the built environment, particularly the South African city,” he states.
“Typical questions the students should tackle in their submissions include the difficult task of bringing sustainability to urban transport systems, options for recycling, the harnessing and expansion of technology systems, and how cities can serve as complete ecosystems,” van der Merwe explained.
The competition is confined to students in the final year of an undergraduate architectural qualification at accredited tertiary institutions. The three selected winners will each receive a prize of R20 000 with C&CI also donating assistance to the value of R5 000 to the winners’ tertiary institutions.
The winners will be announced and their entries exhibited in 2012. Submission of names of participants close on November 29 this year and submission of the nominated entries must reach C&CI offices in Midrand by February 29 next year.
More information from www.cnci.org.za or by phoning Daniel van der Merwe on tel 011 315 0300.