keyboard_arrow_upHonour for environmental and community-based projects
keyboard_arrow_downHonour for environmental and community-based projects

The Holcim Awards 2014 Africa Middle East focus mainly on enhancing social and environmental resilience, as well as the economy of construction. Twelve projects to be implemented in nine countries, were recognised with a total of $330 000 in prize money.

keyboard_arrow_upTwo rural schools win for sustainability
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The AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture is this year shared by two rural South African schools that could transform the way in which future educational facilities are designed in the country: Lebone II College in Phokeng, North West, designed by Activate Architects in association with Afritects, and Vele Secondary School in Limpopo, designed by East Coast Architects. 

keyboard_arrow_upLeading the way in sustainable architecture
keyboard_arrow_downLeading the way in sustainable architecture

The AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture, initiated in 2009, seeks to identify and honour outstanding South African architectural projects that reflect sustainable outcomes. This year, following a vigorous adjudication phase, 12 qualifying entries have been announced for the 2011/12 awards programme.  The entries will be exhibited at the South African Institute of Architects Architecture ZA 2012 Biennale, to be hosted by the Cape Institute for Architecture in September, in the run-up to the announcement of the award-winning projects in October.  Entries for the 2011/12 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture were submitted under two categories – one for built work that has been beneficially occupied since 15 March 2011 and the other for works of social importance, including research. 

keyboard_arrow_upThe AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture
keyboard_arrow_downThe AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture

Buildings are said to be responsible for more than 40% of the world’s total primary energy consumption and account for 24% of global CO2 emissions. Some estimate that by 2050, 70% of the earth’s predicted population of nine billion people will live in urban areas. It is essential that architects lead the way in sustainable building practices.  The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) has once again partnered with AfriSam (South Africa) for the biennial AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture 2011/2012. This award is aimed at recognising outstanding achievement in sustainable architecture as well as creating public awareness and debate on architectural issues.  Entries are now open and can be made in two categories: one for built work that has been beneficially occupied since 15 March 2010, and the other for works of social importance, including research.

keyboard_arrow_upLandscape and the environment in architecture
keyboard_arrow_downLandscape and the environment in architecture

Australian architect Peter Stutchbury was recently in South Africa, at the invitation of BlueScope Steel, to present a series of lectures at venues in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. The programme formed part of BlueScope Steel’s continuing communications campaign around sustainability in the built environment and was supported by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). The lectures were presented to architects, students of architecture and others involved in the building industry, affording continuing professional development points to practising architects who attended.

keyboard_arrow_upSustainable architecture winners
keyboard_arrow_downSustainable architecture winners

Koop Design’s Dalton Compound on the 3 000ha Dalton Private Reserve in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands was recently announced the winner of the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture.    The awards ceremony also formed part of AZA 2010 and was held at Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg. AZA 2010, described as South Africa’s first architecture mega-event, brought together leading-edge thinkers and multidisciplinary practitioners from

keyboard_arrow_upArchitectural Student Awards 2009
keyboard_arrow_downArchitectural Student Awards 2009

The Cement and Concrete Institute’s Architectural Student Design Competition for 2009 attracted 26 entries from universities around the country. From the submissions 10 finalists were selected and, finally, three winners: Marius Visser of the Tshwane University of Technology, Kyle Pieterse of the University of Johannesburg, and Hanna Duker of the University of Cape Town. The winners each received R20 000 and the institutions where they are studying, R5 000.

keyboard_arrow_upA broader view of sustainable architecture
keyboard_arrow_downA broader view of sustainable architecture

The AfriSam-SAIA awards programme for Sustainable Architecture was launched at the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) Convention in Cape Town in October 2009. One of the functions of the SAIA - the South African Institute of Architects - is to recognise and promote excellence in architecture and to create public awareness and debate on architectural issues.