ENTRY INFO

The winner of the Architecture category will receive a R50 000 cash prize. Runners-up will receive a R15 000 cash prize. Finalists are guaranteed an exhibit of their work and online profiling of them and their projects. Please note that you won't be able to enter this category online. Your university's Department of Architecture will need to submit all entry registrations to the University of Pretoria. Please read the "Rules & Entry Criteria" for more. 

YOUR BRIEF

The Architectural Design Competition seeks to recognise and award the best undergraduate final year student in Architectural Design in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique for entries using the medium of concrete.

The 2019 Architectural Design Category brief provided by the University of Pretoria’s Department of Architecture can be viewed in the Rules & Entry criteria section. This includes information on submissions to the Architecture Department. 


WHO CAN ENTER

All work entered into this category must be produced: 
 

  • Individually or in pairs (not more than two people).
  • Eligible students include only students of architecture at universities in the Southern African Development Community who are in their final year of an undergraduate degree programme in architecture (BAS, B.Tech or similar), or in the third year of a professionally accredited undergraduate programme in architecture (B.Arch or similar).
  • Each institution may submit a maximum of two (2) entries, although only one (1) submission per institution may be exhibited.
  • There may not be any identifying name or university symbols visible on displayed drawings, or models/artefacts. All work must be accompanied by the entry form on this website.

VIEW RULES & ENTRY CRITERIA

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN COMPETITION RULES AND ENTRY CRITERIA

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Where are you from?

For refugees and internal migrants alike, the ability to integrate goes hand-in-hand with the ability to imagine and build a brighter future.

- Urban Think Tank

Migration is a complex and urgent spatial challenge. Migrant expert Doug Saunders suggests that unprecedented urbanisation patterns bear witness to an epic story of human movement, set in motion by the common search for a better life. Yet, architecture’s current response to migration often remains anachronistically constrained by classical nation-state ideas of ‘place’ and ‘identity’. This primitive view persists even though proper management of the burgeoning numbers of migrants, especially in Europe, is commonly regarded as one of the most rapidly growing global problems of the century. 

While there are many different classifications of migrants (see the conference proceedings of “Cities in Migration”, Prague, 2016), South African cities are regarded as important destinations for many people who seek better socioeconomic opportunities. There is often a perception, perhaps even a myth, that urban life will be the gateway to a better life. Poignantly demonstrated in the local film Vaya, by Akin Omotoso, migration goes hand-in-hand with concerns of dislocation/displacement, and transience on the one hand, and aspiration and optimism on the other. 

Brief

The commission is for the interrogation of what a migrant threshold in your inner city could be – a place for assimilation and integration, that would consider transience and permanence, and ultimately that would be about both the quotidian and the aspirational. This place must provide a sense of belonging within the city while expressing the fragile and contested identities of its users. In addition, the aspirational brief requires an interrogation of the meaning of agonistic space as suggested by Chantal Mouffe.

The total floor area of the programme should be approximately 2000 square metres over 5-6 levels. The detail programme and related spatial and infrastructural requirements must be developed independently by interrogating the possible range of needs of migrants as well as the host city. The intention is to empower migrants and to allow assimilation within society. 

Criteria for assessment

Your submission will be assessed against the following criteria:

1.  The extent to which the submission demonstrates a depth of interpretation of the brief.

2.  The extent to which the submission demonstrates architectural design innovation

3.  The extent to which the submission reflects an imaginative response to the challenges and opportunities to be anticipated as a result of migration.

4.  The extent to which the submission captures programmatic requirements of what a migrant threshold could be in the selected inner city site.

5.  The extent to which the submission provokes a response from the viewer and encourages them to reflect on the underlying issues.

6.  The strength of the imagery, the power of the narrative and the clarity of the overall presentation.

Rules

1.  All work must be done either individually or in pairs (not more than 2 people). The competition project should be run over four-five weeks. Eligible students include only students of architecture at universities in the Southern African Development Community who are in their final year of an undergraduate degree programme in architecture (BAS, B.Tech or similar), or in the third year of a professionally accredited undergraduate programme in architecture (B.Arch or similar). Entries may be from eligible students from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique from either 2018 or 2019. KINDLY NOTE: all Architecture entries must be submitted to the University of Pretoria, as per details and mechanic provided in point number 6. The physical address for submissions will be confirmed in due course.

2.  Each institution may submit a maximum of four (4) entries, although only one (1) submission per institution may be exhibited.

3.  There may not be any identifying name or university symbols visible on displayed drawings, or models/artefacts.

4.  The intervention(s) must be located in any one of the cities or metropolitan areas, which house a Southern African school of architecture. Students are not limited to the city/metropolitan area in which their university is located. The city/metropolitan area and the location of the interventions within the city must be clearly indicated on your competition boards.

5.  The intervention/s must be in the region of 2000m2 and 5-6 storeys in total, located in a Southern African inner city.

6.  All work must be submitted on three A1-sized boards (a continuous sheet of dimensions equivalent to three A1 sheets) and as a model or artefact at any scale, though not to exceed 1000mm x 500mm x 500mm in dimensions. All entries must be received on or before 17h00 on 2019-03-26. The address will be confirmed in due course.

7.  Questions may be directed to marguerite.pienaar@up.ac.za before 2019-02-25. Responses will be made available on the PPC Imaginarium webpage.

Adjudication

The judging panel will be independent from any South African architectural learning site and will be representative of the architectural community. The names of the members of the panel will be announced upon confirmation.

Please note that the judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Awards

  • The overall winner will receive R50 000. Runners-up will receive R15 000 in cash prizes.

THE JUDGING PROCESS

The judging panel will be independent of any South African architectural learning site and will be representative of the architectural community. The names of the panel members will be announced upon confirmation. Finalists chosen during the regional judging process will proceed to judging by a national panel. It is in the sole and final discretion of the organisers/judges to cancel any entry on the grounds of illegality infringement of any third-party rights, or a transgression of the constitutional right of freedom of expression. Please note that the judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

 

PROCESS & TIMELINE

Architecture timings will coincide with the national AZA Conference (@architectureZA) 2019. Kindly direct all Architecture category enquiries to Marguerite Pienaar, Department of Architecture, UP, Pretoria: marguerite.pienaar@up.ac.za

PRODUCTION PHASE FOR 2019

End Date: 13 March 2019

ENQUIRY PERIOD 2019

End Date: 26 March  2019

PHYSICAL SUBMISSIONS

Start Date: 25  March  2019

End Date: 26 March  2019

Exhibition

Start Date: 28 March 2019

CATEGORY JUDGING

Start Date: 3 April 2019

End Date: 4 April 2019

OVERALL WINNER & COMMENDATION ANNOUNCEMENT

8 April 2019

Venue: UJ Gallery