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
UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY