AZA 2015 brought together world-class speakers and an audience of architects, designers and built environment professionals, including students, conversing about future cities.
The trend towards urbanisation is necessitating change in cities all over the globe. With the theme “Future City”, ArchitectureZA 2015 presented world-class international speakers who shared their experiences and expertise regarding the key challenges for future cities.
Topics included the advanced use of 3D technology and techniques, new thinking around biology and architecture, sanitation from an architectural point of view and lectures on various local, international and heritage projects.
Analyst, futurist and author, Daniel Silke, highlighted global trends, including urban design and the mega growth led by China, which are influencers for modern architecture. Thorsten Deckler spoke about upgrading informal settlements by changing the physical as well as the emotional landscape and the importance for architects to understand that future cities will emerge from community participation, while Arturo Brillembourg addressed financial models and land release credit concepts, which help communities to see the process as fair.
This year’s architecture festival brought together architects, designers, associations, city representatives, as well as many students learning the professional trade. Running parallel to the main event, the Johannesburg School of Architecture’s Student Architecture Festival featured a showing of the award-winning documentary “The Competition”, student-led talks, workshops and tours as well as an exhibition of student projects.
Held in an area of Johannesburg that is experiencing the benefits of urban regeneration, the venue at The Sheds, 1 Fox Street, Newtown, provided the perfect backdrop for the programme and urban tours during the three-day event.