Balwin-sponsored bricklayers praised for successful completion of Corobrik training coursegeneral
Balwin-sponsored bricklayers praised for successful completion of Corobrik training course
Balwin-sponsored bricklayers praised for successful completion of Corobrik training course
Corobrik’s Burgundy pavers create vibrant design at Elaleni Coastal Forest Estate
NINTH DIAMOND AWARD CELEBRATES COROBRIK’S COMMITMENT TO FUTURE INVESTMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA
SAOTA announced as winners of the 2019 Architectural Futsal League, co-sponsored by Corobrik
Corobrik scores an ‘A’ with Michaelhouse expansions
Destroyed church to be rebuilt with Corobrik’s ECR ‘Big Favour’ brick donation
Nelson Mandela University’s Riaan Huiskens wins Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award
Corobrik celebrates progress at new R801 million brick factory at Driefontein
A R40 000 prize for your most loved Corobrik boundary wall!
Boundary Park office block captivates with the contemporary Corobrik Black Brick façade
University of Pretoria student’s winning architectural thesis revitalises an industrial heritage through regenerative layering.
Corobrik’s pavers add vibrant colour to iconic Loftus Park development
Kenyan heritage inspired University of Witwatersrand regional winner at the annual Corobrik Architecture of the Year awards.
Anthony Whitaker of UCT wins Corobrik Architectural Student regional Award
Melodic sounds impress audience of Corobrik-sponsored Orchestra from Scratch
Corobrik recognises the architects of the future
Old boy brings new life to Joburg school buildings using Corobrik’s quality face bricks
Elao Martin wins University of Johannesburg Corobrik regional architecture award with a clay brickmaking thesis
Corobrik invests in the future
Corobrik face bricks and pavers used to increase learning space for primary school children
Sustainability in building design has won Shuaib Bayat of the University of KwaZulu-Natal a place at 32nd Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Corobrik-sponsored SETA graduates ready to tackle next qualification
Samuel Pellissier of University of Free State’s travels inspire the winning Corobrik architectural regional award
Exquisite new pieces on display at The Corobrik National Ceramics Biennale
Innovative Use of Face Brick Creates New Identity for University Residence
Corobrik officially opens the doors of its new Springs Centre
Enchanting sounds hit the right note in Corobrik-sponsored amateur orchestra
Corobrik pavers and face bricks bring warmth to renovated Boksburg Lake
Corobrik’s face brick takes flight at Busamed Bram Fischer International Airport Hospital
Innovative designs emanate from Corobrik-sponsored Creative Bricklaying Workshop
Women in Architecture go ‘Beyond the Binary’
Corobrik’s striking new paving selection
Corobrik keeps up with the times with BIM
Corobrik face bricks add to affordable education sector with opening of new Sky City School in Watervalspruit
Corobrik shows ubuntu spirit with latest donation to KwaMashu Christian Care Society
Corobrik’s CoroJem Classic Blend Travertine face brick proves the right choice for affordable housing development
Corobrik presents its product qualities of Geolok and Terraforce Concrete Retaining Blocks
COROBRIK HELPS MAKE HISTORY AT THE NEW UMKHUMBANE MUSEUM
EIGHTH DIAMOND AWARD REFLECTS COROBRIK’S CONTINUED EXCELLENCE
Corobrik sponsors masterclass which demonstrates a vision of an accessible, safe and thriving city
COROBRIK CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WAY IN SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
Corobrik employees undergo a training programme to improve customer experience
Renée Minnaar from the University of Pretoria wins the 31st Corobrik Architectural Awards
Corobrik partners with local retailers to increase delivery to outlying areas
A superb line up of finalists for Corobrik ’s thirty-first year of sponsorship of the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award
Westbury Clinic’s healthy design nets international award
Fire-resistant Landscape Architecture dissertation earns UCT student top Corobrik Award
Corobrik Conference rewards top employees for driving sales and production
Margeaux Adams puts her name on the architectural map
Sustainability in building design has won Renée Minnaar of the University of Pretoria a place at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Corobrik’s Graphite pavers add to the modern Menlyn Learning Hub
Innovation and an appreciation of South Africa’s cultural diversity stand out in The University of the Free State, Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Corobrik’s clay face brick chosen for superior thermal efficiency
Sustainable building is the focus at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Corobrik’s latest product range at the KZN Construction Expo 2018
Sustainable construction is integral to superior design at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Double curving face brick wall in newly-constructed Constantia school hall is a first for South Africa
Tshwane University of Technology student maps the way into the architectural future
COROBRIK SPONSOR THEIR 31st ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
Award winning young architects pave the way to the future
31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award steps into the future
Corobrik’s face bricks add complexity and appeal to captivating Pretoria home
The Devland Social Housing Development used durable clay face bricks manufactured by Corobrik
Corobrik donates face bricks for construction of school kitchen
Corobrik opens modern Nelspruit Centre
Corobrik’s clay pavers create inspired walkways in Kliptown Public Environment Upgrade
COROBRIK ADDS VALUE TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING MARKET
Striking red Corobrik face brick creates inspired design in new Century City development
Corobrik’s bricklayer training programme empowers youth
Facebrick makes for healthy living at the University of Zululand
Corobrik chairman, Peter du Trevou, joined performers at 2017 BHCA 1820s amateur orchestra.
Western Cape Government’s newest office building constructed with Corobrik face brick on track for 5-Star Green Star SA as-built rating
Corobrik wins ‘Large Manufacturing’ category at KZN Top Business Awards
SANparks employees upskilled with paving training
Corobrik’s face brick meets sustainable needs of modern development
Corobrik products enhance Nelspruit’s Riverside Office Park development
Inspirational learning centre constructed using Corobrik’s face brick.
Corobrik welcomes new deputy managing director as part of growth plan
Urban greenery initiative takes top prize in Corobrik’s Most Innovative Final Year Landscape Architecture Award
Swellendam community upskilled through Corobrik bricklaying programme
Clay brick construction – supporting the green building imperative
Brick supplier Corobrik win Diamond Arrow Award
Jean-Pierre Desvaux De Marigny from the University of KwaZulu-Natal wins the 30th Corobrik Architectural Awards
Corobrik face brick creates inspirational 01 on Mutual inner city building
Katherine Dewar’s focus on innovation and an appreciation of South Africa’s cultural diversity has won her a place in the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Innovation blends with sustainability, social awareness and technical excellence in 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Learnership programme enriches the life of disabled people
Corobrik contributes to Inner City rejuvenation
Corobrik face brick creates homely Centurion retirement village
Creative use of Corobrik’s product enhances Vredenburg high school
Darren Sampson’s innovation and technical skill resulted in his award at the University of Johannesburg regional event
Corobrik face bricks combine to create attractive housing development
A heritage portal created on the ruins of Westfort, a fort originally protecting the west of Pretoria, wins the University of Pretoria regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award.
Lana Bramley wins the University of the Free State regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
A community food production facility in Alexandra wins the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Regional Award.
Corobrik’s face brick creates neat, uncomplicated look for 01 on Lunar development
Mario van Wyk to represent Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University at the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year event
Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers enhance the green aspects of Menlyn Maine Central Square
Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers assimilate Sol Plaatje University with city of Kimberley
Ethekwini Municipality and Corobrik host a graduation ceremony
Corobrik’s quality product used for Pietermaritzburg social housing project
Corobrik helps cycling team.
Ubuntu Community Chest and Corobrik have a twenty-year relationship.
Corobrik train landscape technology students.
Face bricks laid upright represent the members of the Affies choir at the new music centre.
Exceptional architectural design recognised by the SA Institute for Architecture.
“What do you want, brick?” ….this is a question which has gained legendary status within architectural circles
Corobrik help people obtain bricklaying skills.
The youth in KwaZulu-Natal enjoy educational facilities at the new Majuba FET college in Dundee.
Corobrik receive commendation for support to architects
Corobrik 3D Visualiser to assist architects and specifiers
Social housing project in Pretoria uses maintenance free Corobrik Montana Light face bricks.
The new Royal School Alberton defined by brick
Corobrik’s facebrick gives Century City Square a modern, natural look
Vedhant Maharaj from The University of the Witwatersrand became the 29th architectural student to take first prize at the Corobrik Architectural Awards in Johannesburg last night.
Firelight satin facebricks enhance iconic Tshwane building.
Corobrik train landscape students in the process of hard landscaping.
A million Corobrik Champagne PA clay pavers have been arranged in a Herringbone pattern along Tembisa’s sidewalks.
Robotics installed at the Corobrik Lawley factory will allow flexibility in production as it can run out of Eskom peak tariff hours.
Architectural student proposes Delft in the Western Cape the site for FET college to reinforce town high street and facility diversity.
Firelight satin facebricks enhance iconic Tshwane building.
A board game that shows just how various measures that fall within “tactical urbanism” can address spatial inequality
A biological water treatment and research facility is proposed to revitalise decay.
A new use for the Johannesburg Observatory site.
An environmental research facility in KwaZulu-Natal to address threatened natural resources
An environmental research facility for the Karoo’s fossil heritage.
Freedom of expression is Nilene van Niekerk’s passion.
A reforestation and timber mill project to rejuvenate the Nasrec Precinct.
A water purification infrastructure for the hazardously polluted River Ganga in India
A thesis that addresses social, economic and environmental issues that exist within the industrial landscape.
Investments in social infrastructure are key to positive prospects
Top architectural students to compete for prestigious award.
Corobrik has once again proved itself as a leader in quality assurance and sustainable environmental practices with the further attainment of a number of world-class operating standards at several...
Musa Shangase believes in the soundness of bricks and mortar.
New Swellendam primary school is set to excite
Corobrik’s Lansdowne Centre moves to new premises
Corobrik House Donation in Polokwane
Corobrik’s face brick layer improves sustainability and quality of traditional rondavels
Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company completes refurbishment after donation of top-quality Corobrik pavers
At the Afrikaans Boys' High School in Pretoria, a public high school for boys situated in the city affably known as Affies, a new ground level canteen and upstairs computer room were required....
Prudent sourcing and selection of building materials and fittings and fixtures has delivered Lakehaven Phase 11- a ground breaking social housing project that will definitely raise the bar in this...
After joining Corobrik as National Commercial Manager in July 2013, Musa Shangase has been appointed Commercial Director from 1 January 2014.He joined Corobrik bringing with him his considerable...
Platinum Manor, a new Central Development Projects, affordable housing scheme recently completed in Chantelle Pretoria, features 2.37 million Corobrik Moroccan Red Travertine face bricks.
Pupils at Inkululeko Yesizwe Primary School in Vlakfontein near Lawley, Gauteng, are relishing using the school's first brick and mortar classroom block and ablution facilities which were...
Sitting aside Kings Park Stadium and near the iconic Moses Mabhida
University of Johannesburg student, Harold Johnson, is Corobrik’s 28th Architectural Student of the Year.
Clay brick wall construction is long proven as the common denominator when providing truly sustainable, superior performing infrastructure across South Africa at the lowest lifetime cost.
PMR.africa presented the Diamond Arrow Award to Corobrik for the fourth year running for achieving the highest score in its annual national survey on brick suppliers to the South African construction...
Follow this simple video guide to building your own pizza oven by Corobrik, South Africa's leading brick manufacturer, and go from D.I.Y. to delicious in no time at all.
Corobrik and the architectural team from Revel Fox & Partners Architects and Planners who designed the Bongolethu Primary School in Philippi in Cape Town agree on one thing using the simplest means...
More than 222 000 Bergendal Satin Blend face bricks from Corobrik's Witbank factory were used to build the new R40 million lecture theatre block at the University of Zululand (Unizulu) which students...
Consistent teamwork by employees dedicated to selling a quality product to satisfied customers. This was revealed as the winning formula at this year’s Corobrik Conference where a number of...
Many homeowners have questions about clay bricks. Some of the experts at Corobrik provide answers.
A blend of 100 000 nutmeg piazza and onyx pavers used to create an iconic public square that forms part of the first phase of the new Sol Plaatjie University development in Kimberley, has seen...
Tasked with designing the paving of Mpumalanga's new Secunda Mall development, Insite Landscape Architects in Centurion, opted for a 'simplistic but not simple' look. They immediately...
His comprehensive understanding of building products; keen eye for detail and quality customer service are just some of the reasons Corobrik's Indren Munsamy will be heading up the team at...
In the past, Woodstock used to be a conveniently forgotten area between two bustling highways leading out of Cape Town. Once a vibrant business district, it was caught in a steady downward spiral...
The annual Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award is the country's premier event to highlight the creative and technical talent of the cream of South Africa's architectural...
The eThekwini municipality leads by example when it comes to state-of-the-art green building as demonstrated by the eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) Customer Service centre in KE Masinga Avenue,...
Quality building materials and good design should not be restricted to high profile buildings. Even greater thought needs to be put into facilities that serve those that need them most - in this case...
600 Corobrik pavers, 300 clay bricks, ornamental gravel and a selection of planting materials were all that was needed for 80 Landscape Technology students at the Cape University of Technology (CPUT)...
Research findings in the USA, Australia and South Africa continue to compound endorsing clay brick constructions pre-eminent status for sustainable house construction in South Africa.
Conceptualised and developed to provide a quality lifestyle in a secure and natural environment, Dainfern Valley Estate is one of the most sought-after areas to own a home in the entire...
South Africans love braaing. And thanks to Corobrik's easy step-by-step D.I.Y. video guide to building your own braai, you won't have to be a master builder to be a braai master.
Corobrik has secured the specification of double skin brickwork for 500 RDP houses at the Lindelani Youth Build Project in Kimberley and commenced supplies for first phase of 153 houses under...
"We are Europe," an elder in an informal settlement told University of Cape Town (UCT) architectural student, Amy Thompson, during her extensive research for a thesis that won this...
Umhlanga College a state-of-the-art learning facility - is a perfect example of a blend of old and new and testament to the fact that Corobrik products are timeless. The school, opened its doors in...
In the early 2013 and following an assessment of the lifecycle performance of low cost housing projects in Bergville, Glencoe and Ladysmith built of Corobrik's Coro Maxi 140 face bricks some 20 years...
Corobrik's Western Cape region scooped six awards at the company's national business conference which was held in the Drakensberg from 25 to 27 July. Dawid Norris won the award for sales manager of...
A panel of broad vivid yellow, orange, green and white stripes at the front entrance is the only clue that Heideveld Primary School in Heideveld, Western Cape is not your average government learning...
The cream of South Africa's architectural talent was acknowledged for their talent and skill at the 2013/14 Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Excellence and Merit at a gala dinner at the ICC Durban on 1...
Established in 1920, the University of Pretoria's Faculty of Veterinary Science is the second-oldest in Africa, and is still the only faculty of its kind in South Africa. Situated in...
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The heart of Warwick Junction is beating with new life in the form of the recently constructed community building, Denis Hurley Centre. Replacing the demolished 106-year-old parish centre which sits...
Corobrik has supplied 2,4 million Moroccan Red travertine face bricks for construction of the award winning Little Manhattan apartment complex. Ockert van Heerden, Corobrik Director of Sales said...
A firewall constructed of Corobrik's clay face bricks protected a warehouse from being consumed by a devastating industrial fire. In the early hours of 26 March, a fire broke out at the Sun Oil...
More than 400 million people in Africa live in urban areas and because of high rural to urban migration rates the number of people living in urban areas will increase from 62% to 70% by the year...
As government's belief in the benefits of clay brick construction for affordable housing becomes increasingly evident, Corobrik's support for this new direction was cemented with the donation of two...
Four women have been honoured in the 2013/14 Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Excellence presented by Corobrik and the South African Institute for Architects (SAIA) at a gala dinner in Durban on 1 August....
The University of Pretoria student received first prize with her thesis entitled Machinarium: Architecture as a living machine at the prestigious annual event held on 9 April 2014.
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Dirk Meyer, Corobrik’s Managing Director commented on the excellent standard of entries for this year’s awards. “Finalists have incorporated sustainable architecture with innovation, technology and creative building design in their entries for this year’s event to be held on the 18th April in Johannesburg.”
Each of the regional winners has been judged top of their tertiary institution and will compete against each other at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. The winner to be announced on the evening of the 18th April 2018 will receive a prize of R50 000.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University - Matthew Morris
Title of thesis: The design of a decentralised sewage treatment facility for a settlement within Bethelsdorp, Port Elizabeth.
BIO: Prior to my architectural studies in Port Elizabeth, I attended school and grew up in Durban where my interests in making and producing began; through my studies at Nelson Mandela University these understandings have grown and been refined.
The project concerns itself with a heavily polluted river valley system of Swartkops, Port Elizabeth, where the edges are settled by people and lack of adequate service infrastructure has led to high levels of pollution. This unbalanced relationship between the urban and natural environments has resulted in the severe destruction of critical biodiversity zones and endangered keystone species, and subsequently impacting the quality of life for the residents of the area.
The urban settlements of northern Port Elizabeth lack an inherent identity or sense of community “centeredness” from poor urban structure and settlement making. The absence of formal public buildings and spaces within the community are a result of a structure supporting a minimum standard of living. With this, the potential to address both the ecological problem as well as the making of better living environments was seen through designing infrastructure with an explicit architectural intent.
The design works towards addressing settlement edge and its connection to the natural valley system, whilst building on the under-utilized congregational points within the community. In so doing, providing infrastructure for processing the pollution while concentrating and providing an appropriate place for community activities, making good people places and healthier happier environments. This allows service infrastructure to begin to clearly shape and structure the public infrastructure promoting a productive category of space, evolving past its utilitarian function.
Tshwane University of Technology - Reply Mahlangu
Thesis title: The design of an automotive assembly facility in Pretoria
“an auto¬mobile assembly plant that is suitable for the South African context”
The South African automotive industry generates over R100 billion annually and contributes to 6% of the country’s GDP. However, the industry does not consist of any locally owned car maker due to the financial burden of entering the sector. All of the assembly plants in South Africa are designed according to an international standard in order to fulfil an international demand. Each of these typical mechanized facilities costs billions to estab¬lish and they are specifically designed for manufacturing. Investors stand to lose billions if the company fails to sell the cars.
The aim of this thesis is to lower the stakes by designing a smaller assembly plant that can later be retrofitted to perform other functions (office building, retail outlet or even student accommodation) beyond manufacturing cars. This urban located multi-storey assembly plant will encourage rental opportunities while responding to the unemployment challenges of the country by using labour to offset the massive capital required for a complete mechanization.
University of Cape Town - Warren van Niekerk
Thesis title: U R B A N C A M P U S
Building the local craft tradition in Delft and consolidating the urban potentials of and emerging site of production along Delft Main Road.
Delft is currently under construction. Evidence reveals that most residents have engaged in some form of building activity, be it small scale or large scale, self-initiated or by hired means. This labour-intensive condition gives rise to the notion of Delft as a site of production, resulting in an emerging local industry, which in return possess a number of opportunities both locally within Delft and outside of Delft.
In this regard, the dissertation explores how these building-related craft traditions can be supported, through the design of a vocational training urban campus in Delft. Thus far, building work has been executed within Delft in an ad hoc manner, and good building work remains unappreciated. The dissertation attempts to construct an institutional campus informed by the local vernacular that aids in the creation of a positive public realm and contributes to the civic. The components of constructing the campus are explored through three (building types) typologies that make up the various conditions as a whole; building as an edge of exchange, building as a thoroughfare and building as a yard. The building system adopted is deliberately clear and didactic in its making, revealing materials, joints, details and structure. The process of material selection and assembly is intended to echo the existing vernacular of Delft. The use of material such as clay brick work, concrete blocks, timber and steel are utilised, introducing new techniques and technologies of making, serving both a pedagogic and a development purpose.
University of the Free State – Su-Elna Bester
Thesis title: THE M.CAC / Multi-Cultural Assimilation Centre OF DUBAI
The Multicultural Centre is situated next to the famous Dubai Creek. Forming part of the Traditional desert like vernacular architecture creating a special vibrant pedestrian waterfront & cultural hub. The Centre is home to all different cultures & communities. The MCAC waterfront forms a setting for self-expressions alongside others to affectively build a sense of cultural diversity.
The MCAC & park flowing into the existing city fabric, becomes a place for celebration and transforms according to its needs. Personal interaction is celebrated with its vibrant, fluid walkways, desert plants, water and trees, merging open Gallery & exhibition spaces. The building is sunken into the ground with planted roofs allowing for panoramic views. The restaurant creates an urban environment featuring multiple uses, forming cohesive public spaces. The theatre forms part of the heart of the creek. This encourage visitors to sit alongside the pedestrian designed park to eat together, socialize & explore the middle eastern culture & diverse ex patriate community.
Space belongs to those who are able to make place of dwelling for themselves within their context. Architecture can act as a tool to form a platform for dialogue between different groups; to create one supportive community that functions culturally alongside each other. This establish a sense of community and place in which both can exist to create a shared cultural experience.
University of Johannesburg - Sarah Treherne
Thesis Title: The Subverse: Monuments to Hypertextuality
“Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.” – Francis Bacon
At first reading, parables and fairy-tales may appear to have little do with architecture, but architecture is as much concerned with communication and storytelling as it is with shelter. The Subverse: Monuments to Hypertextuality is a series of six stage sets that harness the dual nature of fiction and theatre to confront the sensitive themes of privilege, patrimony, corruption, and collusion in post-apartheid South Africa. Set in the hyper-politicised suburb of Saxonwold, The Subverse generates a surreal landscape of socio-political enquiry.
Theatrical tactics - such as metaphor, diversion, juxtaposition, absurdity, and fairy-tale - are used to deliberately reconfigure the known narratives of historical events, landmarks, monuments, and accounts to reveal an alternative narrative, the sub - verse, of past and present South African politics.
“Hypertext” describes embedded links and the endless layers of information that form a vast web of cross-referencing between sites – in this case, between the six stage sets. Each layer of meaning conceals another, and with each tactical transformation, the resultant architecture becomes the stage on which a new story is enacted.
University of KwaZulu-Natal – Yousuf Vawda
Thesis title: Memento Mori- Remember Your Death
Places of the dead throughout history have played a significant role in shaping the urban fabric and portraying a society’s attitude towards their dead. These sacred spaces would be important elements in the landscape for the living to pay respect and remember those that have passed.
The Christian faith has a unique history with regard to their interment (burial) spaces, utilising a variety of methods throughout its two thousand-year history.
The purpose of this project is to explore the relationship between sacred space and the memory of the dead, in Christianity, through mnemonics. The study investigates the relationship between life and death via sacred and memory evoking architecture through the design of a cemetery complex for Durban.
Situated in the otherwise underutilised Stellawood Cemetery, the project attempts to engage the public through retail, community and leisure spaces. Thereafter the user is lead along a ‘journey’, acting as a metaphor of life, death and the Resurrection, where the spaces are meant to evoke memories of the dead, as well as act as a reminder to the living that there is more to life than the mundane and profane.
In addition, Bio-Cremation or Resomation is incorporated as a sustainable body disposal method.
Yousuf incorporated the use of clay brick into his thesis and commented on the use as follows:
The materials incorporated also reference the passage of time and the effect of deterioration through time on the materials. The temporality of the materials, as well as its deterioration reminds the user of the temporality of human life. Materials are chosen to emphasise weathering, allowing the structure to age, without the need for continual maintenance. The use of clay brick throughout the scheme perfectly encapsulated this idea
University of Pretoria - Renée Amelia Minnaar
Thesis title: Remediator - Restoring the dichotomous relationship between industry and nature through an urban eco-textile mill and dye house.
Industrialization brought about dramatic changes in many major cities around the world, including Johannesburg. However, rapid technological advancements have resulted in the abandonment of many industrial sites often within the confines of expanding cities as is the case with the old Johannesburg Gasworks.
The repercussions of the hazardous industrial processes of the past are still present on the site in the form of pollution. This, together with South Africa’s lack of protection of our industrial heritage, has awoken the fear that these post-industrial artefacts might be in danger of becoming extinct if their value is not recognised.
This dissertation aims to investigate the potential of redundant industrial sites like the old Johannesburg Gasworks to mitigate the environmental and social issues resulting from the past in an attempt to reintegrate the site back into the surrounding urban fabric. Through the understanding and application of environmental and heritage theories, this dissertation hopes to find a means of using architecture as a tool to mediate the dichotomous relationship between industry and nature, resulting from an exploitative world view, and inspire a new archetype for industrial architecture, that is able to inspire mutually beneficial relationships between industry and nature, whilst creating a didactic and dialectical relationship between the existing industrial heritage of the past and the envisioned contemporary architecture of the future.
University of the Witwatersrand – Margeaux Adams
Thesis title: Onder Hemel Bo Aarde
The research interrogates dominant western pedagogy and concepts of cultural superiority including the idea of architecture as a product of culture.
It looks at colonial discourse with a specific interest in language and its use in constructing systems of knowledge and power and assesses architecture as an extension of this colonial language.
Using post-colonial theory the research intends to deconstruct harmful and inaccurate ideas of cultural superiority and its embodiment in our spatial landscapes. Noting that during colonialism and its succeeding ideology apartheid; erasure of people of colour occurred in various forms. Erasure of their identities under racial classification systems and the accompanying spatial erasure through spatial displacement and relocation.
Within the spatial case study of the small Anglican mission settlement of Abbotsdale (a community of former slaves) the research addresses three central ideas from an architectural standpoint, identity, power, and ritual. This community has experienced multiple forms of erasure within its physical and psychological landscape.
The Architectural proposal programmatically attempts to accommodate the remaining remnants of the rituals of the town and community. Therein acknowledging and giving value to the community's heritage and history. This takes physical form in the reinterpretation of the spatial role once played by the church in a mission settlement. The program is a complex which includes an archive, an agricultural school, an event space, a community-based market and a bakery.
This annual competition enables Corobrik, the country’s leading producer of clay brick, to recognise the shining lights on the architectural map of the future. The top students from eight major universities are identified based on their final theses and presented with awards throughout the year.
This event allows students of today to chart the way forward during challenging times for developing countries such as South Africa which not only had to embrace the advances of the day but use these to address things that were unique to Africa whilst also embracing its cultural heritage.
Dirk Meyer said, “no matter how pressing the needs and challenges of our immediate built environment, we cannot forget that we exist in a global context. The world has embarked on a fourth revolution that has already ushered in unprecedented change and disruption and will continue to do so. We have seen the demise of the vinyl record and the analogue camera and the birth of new brands such as Uber, AirBNB and Google. Newspapers and magazines, book publishers and even the postal service are struggling to move with the times and stay relevant.”