Afrisam-SAIA Sustainable Architecture Award winners

The AfriSam-SAIA Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation were recently awarded to nine outstanding South African projects.

“The recipients of the various awards have demonstrated that if we each take responsibility in shifting our own behaviour, we can trigger the type of change that is necessary to achieve sustainability for human other organisms on our planet. They have taught us that we can change our planet, our environment and our humanity every day, every year, every decade, and every millennium,” said Niraksha Singh, AfriSam Raw Materials and Sustainability Manager, who formed part of the adjudicator panel.

She was joined by Maryke Cronje, 2018 President of the South African Institute of Architecture (SAIA), Dr Sechaba Maape (sustainability architecture academic and architect), Philippa Tumubweinee (academic and co-founder of IZUBA INafrica Architects), Dr Emmanuel Nkambule (academic with particular interest in the social environment) and Richard Stretton (founder of architecture and furniture design studio Koop Design).

The adjudicators selected the nine awarded projects from a shortlist of 14 entrants whittled down following a rigorous process which included assessments and on-site inspections.

And the winners are:

Category A – Sustainable Architecture (4 winners):

● House Burnett Prinsloo by Robert de Jager, Architect;

House Burnett Prinsloo in Cape Town in the Western Cape.

● Fulham Heights by Local Studio;

The mixed-use development Fulham Heights in Brixton, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

● House Gardiner by Simply Sustainable; and

House Gardiner, a residential home in Monaghan Farm, Gauteng features rammed earth walls.

● RBDIZ Entrance Gate by Jeremy Steere Architect

The Richard’s Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) Entrance Gate in KwaZulu-Natal.

Category B – Research in Sustainability (1 winner):

● A framework for a green infrastructure planning approach in the Gauteng City-Region by Gauteng City-Region Observatory

Category C –  Sustainable Products & Technology (2 winners):

● Rambrick by Use It Waste Beneficiation; and

The cost-effective building solution using waste material – Rambrick.

● hearScreen by hearX Group

Digital hearing health innovation hearScreen.

Category D – Sustainable Social Programmes (2 winners):

● Silindokuhle Preschool by Collectif saga; and

Silindokuhle Preschool, a crèche designed and built with the community of Joe Slovo in the Eastern Cape.

● The Wilds – revitalising a forgotten public space by James Delaney

James Delaney and Thulani Nkomo led the revitalisation project at The Wilds in Johannesburg.

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