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A record num­ber of en­tries were re­ceived for the fifth AfriSam-South African In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects Awards for sus­tain­able ar­chi­tec­ture and in­no­va­tion.

The six-mem­ber ad­ju­di­ca­tion panel whit­tled down the num­ber of en­tries re­ceived across four cat­e­gories – sus­tain­able ar­chi­tec­ture, re­search in sus­tain­abil­ity, sus­tain­able prod­ucts and tech­nol­ogy, and sus­tain­able so­cial pro­grammes – to just 14 of the best and most in­ge­nious de­signs.

Ebeth van den Berg, Afri-Sam group mar­ket­ing man­ager, said the awards recog­nise the im­por­tance of green build­ing and “ac­knowl­edge the con­tri­bu­tions made by for­ward­think­ing in­dus­try play­ers to­wards bring­ing sus­tain­able in­no­va­tion to hu­man liv­ing en­vi­ron­ments”.

The win­ners will be an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 26 at Cape Town’s Zeitz Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Africa.

City Press picked some of the most strik­ing de­signs, at­tached to the ar­chi­tects’ own de­scrip­tions. –

MALAWI CHURCH De­signed by Ar­chi­tec­ture for a Change

Our main aim was to cre­ate a build­ing that could be built by the com­mu­nity builders them­selves, but still pose a chal­lenge to them so that through the con­struc­tion process crit­i­cal skills could be devel­oped. We looked for in­spi­ra­tion within the com­mu­nity and el­e­ments of safety the com­mu­nity could re­late to. Through­out the con­cept, de­sign and im­ple­men­ta­tion stages we acted more as fa­cil­i­ta­tors, pro­vid­ing guid­ance to the com­mu­nity

HOUSE BURNETT PRINSLOO De­signed by Robert de Jaager The project emerged from the client’s de­sire to cre­ate a new home ap­pro­pri­ate to the needs of a sin­gle per­son, and flex­i­ble enough to com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­date al­ter­na­tive uses, in­clud­ing work from home, po­ten­tial ac­com­mo­da­tion for an el­derly per­son to­gether with care­giver ac­com­mo­da­tion, po­ten­tial for in­de­pen­dent rental ac­com­mo­da­tion and sin­gle-fam­ily us­age. The house should ac­com­mo­date chang­ing needs through the stages of life

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