AZA Pavillion Opening model 2 extended landsapeThe AZA Pavilion in Newtown’s Mary Fitzgerald Square has its official opening on Tuesday, September 21, at 3.30pm as part of AZA, South Africa’s first architecture mega-event.

The structure has been designed by architects Sarah Calburn and Dustin Tusnovics while a team of women and young men from the Thinasonke informal settlement on the East Rand has helped with its construction, all of whom belong to the Federation of the Urban Poor.

The AZA Pavilion demonstrates the practical use of alternative materials and is an example of innovative thinking around social housing.

The AZA2010 Pavilion will be open in Newtown for the duration of AZA 2010 – which runs from September 21 to 28 – and will serve as a student info point, an exhibition space and a bar/restaurant run by the Troyeville Hotel.

The pavilion will then be relocated to Thinasonke and rebuilt as a community centre – the first permanent structure in the settlement. It has been made possible thanks to 18 different sponsors.

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