Thought-provoking designs, an interactive film screening and riveting local and international speakers are just some of the highlights to look forward to at this year’s ArchitectureZA event (AZA2015). Architects and designers will meet to debate how ‘future cities’ can shape our modern world.
This year’s ‘Future City’ themed event promises insight into how architects and designers contribute towards urban environments. AZA2015 is proudly hosted by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) and sponsored by PPC Ltd and Corobrik. Affiliated partners include: the Gauteng Institute for Architecture (Gifa) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Media partners include: Wits School of Architecture and Planning, Free State Institute of Architects, Architect Africa Online and Ecospecifier Global Green Tag South Africa.
International and local speakers will share their expertise and debate critical issues around architecture and design. Speakers will include leading innovative thinkers in the architectural and design industry such as Steffan Lemmerzahl, co-founder of SLIK Architekten in Zürich, Switzerland. Steffan will head the AZA2015 Parametric Design Masterclass alongside
Enrico Daffoncio. The masterclass is an intensive, two and a half day programme organised through a collaboration of the University of Johannesburg, with SAIA and GIfA. The programme is aimed at the design and construction of innovative pavilion prototypes.
Yara Sharif, practicing architect and academic is another riveting international speaker. Yara co-founded Palestine Regeneration Team (PART) and has been working closely with RIWAQ, a Palestine NGO dedicated to bringing life back to historic centres. Other speakers include: Beatriz Colomina, professor of History and Theory of Architecture, director of Graduate Studies at Princeton University School of Architecture and founding director of the interdisciplinary Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University; Alfredo Brillembourg, co-founder of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) in Caracas, Venezuela; and Lesley Lokko, associate professor of architecture at the University of Johannesburg and the author of nine best-selling novels.
This year the programme is broader, more inclusive and structured to target the largest possible audience of architects, as well as members of the design fraternity at all levels of their career development. The event will end off with informative and interactive masterclasses and urban tours around the city and its surrounds. Members of the public, students, designers, urban thinkers, economists, engineers, artists and planning specialists are encouraged to attend.