AZA is proud to host an array of exhibitions which consider new work at various scales from the design of new universities and urban design schemes to small-scale objects. Browse through these exhibitions in the Oppenheimer Life Sciences building, John Moffat lobby and at the AZA HUB on Stiemens Street, Braamfontein in the breakaway sessions or at lunchtime.
A series of short films on Braamfontein created by Wits second year architecture students will offer fresh insights into the surrounding context. Work from the Student Housing Masterclass will be on view at the AZA HUB, where you can also see visions of Braamfontein in ‘Future Braam’. And output from the 3D Printing Workshop and Competition will be on display, along with finalists’ entries to the student Des Baker Competition and the SAIA Awards of merit and excellence. Winners of all of these will be announced at ceremonies on the evening of Friday 2nd September.
The NMMU exhibition ‘Palladio and the Modern’ opens at 5.00pm on Wednesday 31st August, while Thursday 1st September sees a serial opening of the rest of the exhibitions – biennale-style! Join us in OLS from 5.00pm, and then move across to the AZA HUB, before exploring other open galleries in Braamfontein under the auspices of First Thursdays and Joburg Art Week.
New Universities Project: Mpumalanga & Sol Plaatje University
Venue: Ground floor, OLS
In 2009 the government decided to develop two new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, the only two provinces without one. This exciting task – the first of its kind for more than 20 years – required a development framework which recognised the long-term investment involved in expanding higher education capacity. Ludwig Hansen Architects and Urban Designers was tasked with the development of a comprehensive urban design and implementation strategy plan, to describe the nature, scale and special requirements of the new universities to be seated respectively in the inner city of Kimberley, Northern Cape and at the former Lowveld Agricultural College in Mpumalanga. Ludwig, along with fellow architects Fiona Garson and Reon van der Wiel, will discuss the projects in the parallel sessions on Saturday morning.
This exhibition is a collection of work that explores the initiation, establishment and progressive growth of these new universities in their distinct environments. Both universities are unpacked at various scales, from the urban design frameworks and spatial methodologies that engage with mega scale, to public space design and integration of campus scale, right down to the material choices for particular buildings.
Venue: Lower ground floor, OLS
An exhibition of selected work from four studios in a range of design disciplines who share space in Maboneng. Working at different scales and media, from built form to sculpture, this collective forms an important think-tank for good quality, thoughtful design in various spaces in the city and beyond, as well as providing a speculation on the future of the studio as a collaborative endeavour.
- CounterSpace was established in 2014 by Amina Kaskar, Sarah de Villiers, Michael Flanagan and Sumayya Vally. It is dedicated to research-based projects, which take the form of exhibition design, competition work, urban insurgency, and public events. Its work is predominantly concerned with ideas for future and otherness; it plays with image and narrative as a means of deconstructing and reconstructing space and city; and it aims to incite provocative thought around perceptions of Johannesburg.
- UrbanWorks is an inter-disciplinary design studio rooted in Johannesburg and founded by Thiresh Govender and Holger Deppe. The spaces of this sprawling African city demand solutions that are sensitive to a complex and divisive history as well as the imperatives of modernity. Consequentially, UrbanWorks’ projects evolve towards implementation through a process of critical observation and responsive engagement.
- Lorenzo Nassimbeni is an architect and artist working in several media at the intersection between these two disciplines, and revealing a richly generative site of conceptual discourse and practice. This is often expressed by extracting and representing the artistic meaning within urban and landscape conditions.
- Parts & Labour is a multidisciplinary studio working in consultancy, project management and design. Its management role includes the design, production and installation of sculptures, art installations, specialised design projects, architectural structures and sculptural features, exhibitions and events. Its core team consists of Brendan Copestake and Liesl Potgieter who draw on a range of trusted professionals.
Dirk Bahmann’s Johannesburg Sensorium
Venue: Lower ground floor, LG69, OLS
“An unsung land is a dead land” Bruce Chatwin.
“Johannesburg rarely reveals anything; in fact it is reluctant to reveal anything at all.” Lindsay Bremner
Dirk Bahmann will be collaborating with Frederick Clarke, an artist and music producer who works in multiple mediums, including charcoal, print, video, painting, lightbox, and ink-on-paper drawing. His work explores themes of natural order, mathematics, mark-making, language and symbol, deep time, synesthesia and an ongoing inquiry into the nature of humanity, earth and the cosmos. Clarke works with sound in a personalized and self-taught way, combining both organic and synthesized sounds to create his beats and compositions. He produces under the name Prematch. “In my experience there is little difference between sound and visuals, in the sense that they both carry frequency, tone, and intent. Formal music theory is something I chose not to study, because I enjoy the undefined and intuitive experience of working with sound without a grid of rules. It becomes a more organic extension of creative expression, albeit lacking in elements that formal theory provides. In this case, the compositions are responding to both Dirk Bahmann’s work, and the conceptual focus of plant life, time, seasons and land. My intention here is to explore what aural experiences plants may hypothetically have, as well as create sound-sheres that abstractly support these ideas.”
In its short history, Johannesburg has rapidly developed from a mining camp into a flourishing metropolis. During this transformation, its landscape and urban fabric have been subjected to persistent erasure, overwriting and fragmentation. As a consequence, Johannesburg has come to be dominated by social, cultural and spatial discontinuities and divisions.
Johannesburg Sensorium is an existential enquiry that endeavors to find a sense of place in this city. It is a search for the Johannesburgness of Johannesburg. Concentrating on the qualities of the earth and sky, it attempts to map Jo’burg’s spirit into an image that evokes a fleeting glimpse of the quintessential qualities of this particular place.
Dirk Bahmann will also be speaking during AZA16.
Italian urban regeneration and design
Venue: First floor, OLS
This exhibition offers a sample of Italian urban design rehabilitation projects in progress. Though operating at different levels and scales, they all have in common the theme of the relationship between pre-existing architecture and the urban environment. The different opportunities presented by the projects and the choices made by the architects all share the common goals of urban renewal, architectural quality and professional dignity. Responding to the problems of our contemporary economic climate, and in a context that no longer tolerates costing errors and the wasting of public or private land or resources, a whole generation of architects and urban planners have had to apply a synergy of interdisciplinary methodologies in elaborating their projects. The result of this process has hopefully been ‘beneficial architecture for everybody’, and a better-informed, more civic-minded and more participatory citizenry.
Venue: AZA HUB Stiemens St, Braamfontein
‘Future Braam’ is an exhibition of 8 significant new architectural projects in Braamfontein that look to further transform the identity and functionality of this now iconic inner-city suburb. The exhibition, under the banner of AZA2016, will create a platform for practitioners, developers, city officials and the general public to come together to discuss and debate the area’s future at a time of extreme political uncertainty.
Projects are communicated via graphic material supplied by the architectural firms responsible, and range from a 10-block masterplan for the new Johannesburg civic centre to a new four-storey showroom for some of Johannesburg’s top product designers.
Future Braam is curated by Local Studio, a Johannesburg-based practice that has been involved in several projects in Braamfontein over the last 5 years, most notably ‘Walkable Braamfontein’, a vision plan which promotes the pedestrianisation of Juta Str. and the bridging of Jan Smuts Ave.
Palladio and the Modern
Venue: John Moffat Lobby
AZA16 will host a unique travelling exhibition by NMMU’s 2013-2015 first-year architecture students. Palladio and the Modern consists of an exquisite series of reproductions and renderings of plans and models of Palladian villas and 20th and 21st century residential masterpieces. Not to be missed!