AZA16’s programme is structured as a series of keynote lectures interspersed with parallel sessions where delegates may typically choose between two design-orientated sessions and one professional practice session.
Longer-than-usual breakaway refreshment sessions between the more formal aspects of the programme are carefully programmed with creative activities, presentations, exhibitions and performances giving delegates the maximum opportunity to interact with speakers informally.
Programme is subject to change. Updated 26 August 2016.
Student Housing Masterclass
28 – 31 Aug
School of Architecture
3D Printing Workshop and Shootoff
29 – 31 Aug
School of Architecture labs
SKETCH, FOLD, or MODEL with the best
While you sip you coffee, let your creative juices flow, and follow up on that question you didn’t get to ask, by joining speakers and talented students at the creative tables where you can dabble in some drawing, origami, or lend your hand in an exploratory, off-the-cuff, communal modelling exercise that reimagines Braamfontein.
PARKOUR and GRAFFITI
Two urban activities that animate and activate the urban landscape, especially in Braamfontein. Practitioners of both of these arts will be demonstrating their skills on the OLS concourse in the breaks.
Watch artists from Grayscale Gallery in Braamfontein develop a work on site through the course of the breaks on Friday 2nd September.
Be awed by the traceurs from Jump City Fitness in the morning coffee breaks on Thursday and Friday.
YOGA and SILENT DISCO
Start a conversation with the space around you by stretching and flowing at an early morning yoga session with the Wits Yoga Society (bring your own mat), or immerse yourself in your own private dance universe on the rooftop of OLS with architect and dance maestro Christos Daskalakos.
Through movement and wonderful music we don our individual headsets and embark on a personal journey of exploration. This ‘silent disco’ session has been created to explore our presence in relation to space big and small. Dancing on the terrace overlooking the city we draw our inspiration from the choreography of the street. This is a fun session guided by the facilitator to open up new possibilities of awareness of body in space.
With the kind assistance of the Architects’ Collective and the Architect Africa Film Festival, we are pleased to be screening two documentaries from the recent very successful AAFF held in Maboneng.
Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist (2016), 60 minutes
Director: Mahera Omar
An intimate portrait of Pakistani architect and urban planner, Perween Rahman, and her remarkable work for Karachi’s poor. Rahman had an alternative vision for the development of Karachi, and dedicated her life to the poor of Pakistan. She was shot dead by armed assailants on her way home in March 2013. “Development doesn’t come from concrete. Development is not five star hotels and mega road projects. What we need is human development.”
Acknowledgements: Director: Mahera Omar, Architect Africa Film Festival and the Architects’ Collective
City Futures (2015), 25 minutes
Directors: Kyle Ferguson, Lone Poulsen, Pedro Buccellato
South African City Futures: Visualising the Futures of our Neighbourhoods is a project that aims to encourage South African cities and their constituent neighbourhoods to start thinking differently about their future. The intention was to implement an innovative project that is part research and part radical co-creation, which combines the use of futures thinking, multi-stakeholder dialogue, and multiple forms of visualisation to reflect upon the future of urban neighbourhoods to 2030.
City Futures Partners: South African Cities Network, African Centre for Cities, CSIR, Architects’ Collective,Johannesburg Development Agencyand Mandela Bay Development Agency