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Alongside the main event, there’s this year’s Student Architecture Festival, proudly brought to you by the University of Johannesburg, South Africa’s youngest school of architecture. The SAF will kick off with the award-winning documentary, The Competition (info PDF), which is being shown on the African continent for the very first time. With sponsorship from some of Gauteng’s most generous and forward-thinking practices, the Spanish director of the documentary, Angel Borrego Cubero, will host a Q&A session after the screening. An exciting programme of student-led and run talks, walks and workshops runs parallel to AZA2015, offering the nation’s students, delegates and the general public a glimpse into what’s on the mind of the nation’s next generation of architects, urban designers and budding intellectuals.
Two exhibitions will run during AZA2015: one showcasing the finalists in the Des Baker Awards, and the other, showing some of the best current work coming out of UJ’s department of architecture, including work from its brand-new graduate programme, ‘Unit System Africa.’