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ight of the coun­try’s ma­jor univer­si­ties an­nounced their win­ners last week for the re­gional awards of the 2016 Coro­brik Ar­chi­tec­tural Stu­dent of the Year, each of whom will go on to rep­re­sent their in­sti­tu­tion at the na­tional fi­nals in May.

Aside from the R50 000 prize money, it’s a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity for a young ar­chi­tect, and their univer­sity, to get their names out there.

The Nelson Man­dela Metropoli­tan Univer­sity’s win­ner, Leon van der Westhuizen, imag­ines the pos­si­bil­i­ties of re­gen­er­at­ing the derelict Boet Eras­mus Sta­dium in Port El­iz­a­beth into a bi­o­log­i­cal wa­ter-treat­ment and re­search fa­cil­ity.

Matthew Mills of the Univer­sity of Cape Town creates an ur­ban path through a sim­i­larly pol­luted por­tion of Salt River all the way to the fore­shore to re­con­nect “dis­con­nected” res­i­dents with na­ture, while cre­at­ing weirs and fa­cil­i­ties for the clean­ing and up­lift­ment of the area.

The Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg’s Jaco Jonker con­sid­ers re­for­est­ing the “thirsty” alien trees af­fect­ing the Nas­rec Precinct in Jo­han­nes­burg’s south­ern reef band to “re­duce the di­rect and sec­ondary im­pacts of soil ero­sion, heavy metal tox­ins, and ram­part wa­ter evap­o­ra­tion from in­creas­ingly fre­quent dust storms along the en­gi­neered mine dumps in the area”.

Na­jeeba Has­sim from the Univer­sity of KwaZulu-Na­tal gen­er­ates a fresh ty­pol­ogy for in­ner-city green cen­tres that aims to search for so­lu­tions to im­prove the wa­ter qual­ity of the Um­geni River.

The Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria’s Gil­lian van der Klashorst fo­cuses on the un­used Jo­han­nes­burg Ob­ser­va­tory site, si­t­u­ated on the high­est point of the Wit­wa­ter­srand, to rein­ter­pret a weather sta­tion and as­tro­nom­i­cal ob­ser­va­tory.

Ni­lene van Niek­erk from the Univer­sity of the Free State creates a tower in the Con­sti­tu­tional Court for the Free­dom of Ex­pres­sion Fo­rum to protest against the “cur­tail­ment of free­dom of speech” by the state.

A pu­rifi­ca­tion cen­tre for the heav­ily



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