Cities need to be sustainable, adaptive and diverse in order to be more resilient in the face of urbanisation and climate change. This year the Architecture ZA festival’s theme is WeTheCity: Memory & Resilience and the programme will focus on issues of design and practice concerning environmental potential, cultural heritage and human settlement.

The festival is set to be held at 012Central in the Pretoria CBD from 2 to 5 May 2018. It is presented and hosted by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) and co-hosted by the University of Pretoria (UP), and includes keynote presentations, parallel sessions, student design sessions, films, and professional practice sessions. A series of inspiring exhibitions will also be presented including the prestigious international LafargeHolcim Foundation Sustainable Construction Awards for the Africa Region; UP’s Department of Architecture 75th Birth Year exhibition; an Urban+Trans+Formation exhibition; the Corobrik SAIA Awards of Excellence & Merit; the Ceasarstone Competition exhibition; and the PPC Imaginarium and Fuch’s Students’ Competition exhibitions.

Confirmed international speakers at the festival to date include Enrique Browne, one of the most prolific Chilean architects and co-founder of Browne & Swett Arquitectos in Santiago; award-winning architect and principal of the design studio sP+a in Mumbai, Sameep Padora; and Mexican architect, Gabriela Carrillo, who was voted winner of the 2017 “Women in Architecture” Award by prominent international magazines – The Architectural Review, among others.

For more information, visit www.architectureza.org to which full thanks and acknowledgement are given.

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