TATU CITY Education Village for Crawford International, designed by Boogertman + Partners, has been listed as a shortlist finalist in the Education: Future Project category in the World Architecture Festival 2018. Now in its 11th year, The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is an annual festival and awards ceremony for the architecture industry. It is the world’s largest peer reviewed Awards program that attracts thousands of entries from across the globe. At the festival, around 500 shortlisted projects present their projects in a 10-minute session to a judging panel and compete for awards in 31 categories.
One of these projects is awarded the World Building of the Year title. All the entries are published in the World Buildings Directory online database and each year the World Architecture Festival publish a list of the winners of the awards. This year the live judging and presentations will be held in RAI Amsterdam on the 28th to the 30th of November and Lila Gouws, the Senior Architect for the project, will be representing her team and presenting in this prestigious forum.
When asked what it felt like to be a WAF shortlist finalist Lila Gouws answered, “I am ecstatic that this project, which I have poured so much of my soul into, is being recognised on an international platform. I am extremely proud of my team who realised this typologically unique project in record time.”
About the project
Dewar van Antwerpen (Director at Boogertman + Partners) comments further on the unique design of this project: “The Tatu City Education Village is intended by ADvTECH to be their flagship entry and investment into education in Kenya and will be the first Crawford International typology. The parti diagram of classrooms and residences around an internal courtyard affirmed a new approach to education where nurturing and affirmation of identity become central attributes of the process. Micro and macro motor skill development overviewed in separate hierarchically smaller secure garden courts, affirm the generic derivation of the same parti which reflects surveillance as its core focus.”
Boogertman + Partners ongoing participation at the World Architecture Festival
Boogertman + Partners have been active participants in the WAF awards program and have often featured as shortlist finalists. Twice they won the best of Category Award: In 2010 Soccer City, South Africa won the Complete: Sports and Leisure Category and in 2016 Wangari Muta Maathai House, Kenya won the Future: Culture category. In 2017 the New Eye Sight Hospital received a Highly Commended certificate in the Future – HealthCare category.
Further, Bob van Bebber (Director at Boogertman + Partners) has served as a category judge three times previously (2012, 2013, 2017) and will serve again for the fourth year in Amsterdam in November this year.