As cities change in response to urbanisation and climate change, new opportunities are being created toward compact cities, improved resource consumption, economic and social dynamism, market creation, human development and climate change adaptation. Cities need to be sustainable, adaptive and diverse in order to be more resilient in the face of such new scenarios.
Against this backdrop, the theme of this year’s Architecture ZA Festival (#AZA18) is “WeTheCity: Memory and resilience”. The programme will focus on issues of design and practice concerning environmental potential, cultural heritage and human settlement – with South African architectural, urban and cultural producers sharing experiences and perspectives with cutting-edge international practices from around the world.

Speakers and delegates will engage around different scenarios of change as to how we live, interact, and survive both as individuals and as part of a collective, within the urban environment.

The programme will centre around resilience as the ability of a system to absorb, or recover from, certain disturbances without losing its ability to function; and memory as the phenomena that imbue a place with meaning. Given the rapidly changing roles of design professionals, the term “WeTheCity” is both a proclamation and a provocation, implying a call for participatory action around how we shape our cities collectively.

#AZA18 will be hosted at 012central in the Pretoria inner city.

Speaker line-up
Confirmed international speakers to date include:
•    Enrique Browne, one of the most prolific Chilean architects and co-founder of Browne & Swett Arquitectos in Santiago.
•    Sameep Padora, award-winning architect and principal of the design studio sP+a in Mumbai.
•    Mexican architect, Gabriela Carrillo, who was voted winner of the 2017 “Women in Architecture” Award by prominent international magazines The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal.
•    Young Cameroonian architect, Hermann Kamte, winner of the WAFX Awards 2017 Cultural Identity prize.
•    Rising star and United Kingdom (UK) based architect, Peter Barber, who will present his ground-breaking work focused on mixed-use and housing.

#AZA18 will present a series of inspiring exhibitions including:
•    The international LafargeHolcim Foundation Sustainable Construction Awards for the Africa Region.
•    The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Department of Architecture’s 75th Birth Year exhibition.
•    An Urban+Trans+Formation exhibition.
•    The Corobrik SAIA Awards of Excellence and Merit.
•    The Ceasarstone Competition exhibition.
•    The PPC Imaginarium.
•    Fuch’s Students’ Competitions exhibition.

#AZA18 will be hosted at 012central in the Pretoria inner city from 3-5 May 2018 by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), and co-hosted by the University of Pretoria (UP) and the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

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