Architecture has the power to transform: it has a critical role to play in shaping our future cities. How have cities shaped – and how will they continue to shape – our modern world? What are the key challenges facing cities of the future, and in particular South African cities?
Architects and designers are key to providing liveable, sustainable and equitable solutions. What lessons can we, as South African architects and designers, learn from other cities, and from cutting-edge international practices, to equip us to design and deal with our fast-changing urban contexts? How can architects fulfil their roles as agents for social change and transformation, with the power to create better lives for all?
September AZA2015 will feature dynamic, engaging international and local speakers, sharing their expertise and debating critical issues around architecture and the city. As well as a series of public events, GiFA’s regional Institute’s Awards for Architecture will also be on display. Evenings will see screenings of design-focused films and city tours. Hosted at The Sheds, 1 Fox Street, this revitalised historical node will allow for maxmimum public-edge engagement through events within the market and its attendant social spaces, which make this venue a unique inner-city destination.
Running parallel to AZA2015 will be the Student Architecture Festival, with exhibitions of the Des Baker Student Architecture Design Competition, the PPC Imaginarium Design Awards Exhibition and a Student Architecture Film Festival open to members of the public.
The City of Johannesburg will be an ideal destination during this time for delegates and visitors, offering a host of related activities: exhibitions of the acclaimed Johannesburg Art Fair; the Jo’burg Festival of Beer; A Taste of Jo’burg for food lovers, the Arts Alive! and the Dance Umbrella Festival for cultural fundis; runners & cyclist marathons for the sports enthusiast; art exhibitions openings; the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s third season of performances, the Soweto Arts & Craft Fair and fourteen neighbourhood markets will also be on offer.