C&CI Sustainable Design Competition entries major attraction at AZA2012

The winners of the Cement & Concrete institute’s fifth annual 2011 Student Sustainable Design Competition – with the theme of  ‘Future African Cities’ – were announced recently.


A jury which included architects South African architects Hugh Fraser and Sarah Calburn; and Spanish architects, Clara Cruz D’Almeida and Elena Rocchi; selected the winners who will qualify for future C&CI bursaries and were awarded cash prizes at the annual urban culture festival, AZA2012. The winners are:


*   Taswald Pillay and Daniel Lyonga, UJ M.Tech students for “Urban Campus”; and

*   Johono Bennett, UP M.Prof student for “Re-examination of the term community”.


Honourable Mentions were awarded to Brent Clark, UFS Honours student for “Housing the Evolving City”; and Wynand Viljoen, UFS 3rd Year student for “Stitching Urban Fabric”. Other finalists whose work formed part of an exhibition at AZA2012 were Ian Blair & Tressel Veeramundar (UJ M.Tech); Karabo Mokaba and Jarrad Murray (UJ M.Tech); Trusha Mitha (Wits Honours); Marisak Peel (UFS 3rd Year) and Menan du Plessis (UFS 3rd Year).


For the competition, projects were selected from student entries received country wide. With the assistance of the Spanish architect, Clara Cruz D’Almeida, a selection of work was curated into an attractive exhibition displayed at the GIFA Architectural Gallery in Johannesburg and afterwards at the Truth establishment in Cape Town venue of the AZA2012 Biennial Festival.


Daniel van der Merwe, C&CI architect, says about 1 600 visitors attended the exhibitions which included  a large ‘canopy’ stitched out of previous student finalist projects, printed on vinyl plastic. “This ‘Canopy of Memory’ will be extended with new work, and installed as an element of the 2013 C&CI Student Sustainability Awards Exhibition,” he added.


Architectural students are now invited to submit projects for the Sixth Annual C&CI Architectural Sustainable Design Award 2012. The competition is open to students in their final year of study of any architectural degree. Submissions will be exhibited, and the winners announced at the National Architectural Student Conference in 2013. The awards will be up to  three cash prizes of R20 000 each, and an automatic qualification for a C&CI bursary to the value of R12 000 to students continuing their studies.


“This is currently the primary student competition questioning issues of sustainability in architecture. C&CI therefore hopes that the entries will spark more debate, lead to the innovative use of concrete being promoted, and contribute to the information exchange around issues of sustainability in architecture,” van der Merwe stated.


Projects must be submitted by March 1 next year. For more information, visit www.architectureZA.org or www.cnci.org.za or phone 011 315 0300.


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