Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 DesignHub Respond/Renew/Revitalise student architecture competition, which were announced at the Saint-Gobain Construction Products’ Samrand Innovation Station recently.
The 2010 competition built on the successes of the previous four competitions, and revealed the depth of architectural talent at the country’s leading universities as students responded to the challenge of providing rejuvenation solutions for abandoned landmark buildings across the country.
Temba Jauch of the University of Cape Town was awarded R20 000 for making the best use of Gyproc, Isover and Weber products in his proposal to renew and revitalise the derelict Athlone Power Station. Temba’s mentor, Rodney Lloyd, was also acknowledged for his guidance in addressing a particularly key area of concern in Cape Town. His efforts won him a Sony Vaio notebook computer as well as tuition from the Green Building Council of South Africa.
A cash prize of R10 000 was awarded to Jankel Nieuwoudt of the University of Pretoria for his visionary proposal, entitled “Serving the City: The Carlton as Mechanism for Change in Urban Johannesburg”, which made use of the highest level of sustainability and compliance with energy efficiency standards described in SANS 204.
Also from the University of Pretoria, Piet Vosloo was named the best lecturer to participate in the DesignHub Respond/Renew/Revitalise competition. His inspiring commitment and leadership earned him a trip to the 2012 Design Indaba worth R15 000.
The University of Pretoria boasted an outstanding level of entries from all its participating students and, as a result, its architecture department was named the best University Architecture Department to participate in the competition. According to Kim Fairbairn of Fairbairn Architecture, “Students emerging from the University of Pretoria’s architecture programme are going to be the most employable on the market, thanks to its commitment to the students and to architecture.” In a bid to ensure that its success is ongoing, a cheque for R60 000 was awarded to the department.
DesignHub Respond/Renew/Revitalise was included in the syllabus for fourth year architecture students at the University of the Free State, the University of Pretoria, and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. External mentors volunteered to guide the students and give them insights into the practical issues of the architecture industry, while Saint-Gobain’s Technical and Specifications team offered on-tap advice about energy efficiency in the built environment, and how the company’s products can help achieve energy efficiency standards.