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;
● Fulham Heights by Local Studio;
● House Gardiner by Simply Sustainable; and
● RBDIZ Entrance Gate by Jeremy Steere Architect
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
● hearScreen by hearX Group
Category D – Sustainable Social Programmes (2 winners):
● Silindokuhle Preschool by Collectif saga; and
● The Wilds – revitalising a forgotten public space by James Delaney