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Architecture ZA Biennial Festival

Following on the success of the 2010 Biennial held in Newtown, this year's Architecture ZA Festival promises to be even more informative and cutting edge. In addition to several local leading architects, five international experts will also be speaking at the event, to be held at the Cape Town City Hall between 13 - 16 September 2012. The likes of Tanzanian-born David Adjaye from the UK, Tokyo-based architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow's founders Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajima, Ghana's Joe Osae-Addo, Indian architect Rahul Mehrotra and UK architect and filmmaker Kibwe Tavares, will be imparting valuable knowledge about different architectural subjects. Some of the South African speakers include multiple award-winning architect, Ora Joubert, Durban-based architectural firm OMM Design Workshop's Andrew Makin, and Thorsten Deckler, who co-founded 26’10 Architects in Joburg. The festival is brought to you in association with the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), the Cape Town Institute for Architecture and associate sponsors, PPC, the Cement and Concrete Institute, Lafarge and Paragon Architects. The theme for the festival is 'Rescripting Architecture', which Festival Convener Daniel van der Merwe says is 'not about creating pretty things, but about asking serious questions and pondering our collective future.' He explains, 'In the past, architecture has played an important role in shaping our landscape, but now, with the world population shifting to cities and increased pressure on resources, we need to start thinking of architecture as a provocateur of change. More than ever, architects must play their role in creating better environments for the future.' Highlights include:

  • 17 - 18 September: A two-day international design masterclass titled 'A Piece of the City', led by South Africa's Ora Joubert and Andrew Makin, and Spain's Elena Rocchi.
  • There will also be several debates, exhibitions, a film festival and city tours underway.
  • It will coincide with the ‘Oscars’ of the architecture industry: the biennial SAIA Corobrik Awards of Merit and for Excellence.
  • It also marks the start of the official Creative Week Cape Town, which is an important event leading up to World Design Capital 2014.
For further information, to view the festival programme or to register, visit or follow on @architectureZA on Twitter.

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