Bringing architects and students together

by Darren
Bloembuild Jnl 6 15

Floors in Africa was at Bloembuild. Here is a snapshot of what happened.

The annual Bloembuild Expo was held from 23 to 24 July in Bloemfontein, hosted by the Free State Institute of Architects (FSIA) in conjunction with the University of the Free State Department of Architecture.

While FSIA members showcased their architectural designs and service providers exhibited the latest product developments, industry experts presented insightful workshops and seminars.

Focusing on interiors, architect Alphonse de Jong from HCreation Interior Design & Manufacturing spoke about architectural design principles that are both functional and aesthetic, which can be applied to window treatments in order to provide solutions for interior design challenges.

In turn, Johan van Wyk from the South African Readymix Association (SARMA) highlighted that while cement quality is regulated, concrete is not. Therefore specifications are crucial in determining the quality of concrete and ultimately the responsibility when failures occur. He further emphasised the importance of all members on the construction team working together to agree on a measurable specification, plan for testing and ensure that the specification is adhered to on site.

The Bloembuild event further provided media partners, Floors in Africa, and sister publication WALLS & ROOFS the opportunity to engage with an audience of architects and other professionals involved in the construction industry, as well as students interested in the built environment.

For more information visit www.fsia.co.za

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