Practitioners passionate about contributing to a better future
for all are reminded that entries for the 2017/18 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation close at 00:00 on March 24, 2018.
This biennial award, founded by AfriSam and the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), recognises the contributions that bring sustainable innovation to human living environments through an integrated approach to communities, planning, design, architecture, building practice, natural systems and technology.
“This award recognises the importance of ‘green’ building in a palpable way while enabling us to highlight and commend excellence shaping our communities for livable sustainability,” says Maryke Cronje, SAIA President and convenor for the 2017/18 Award.
As co-founder and sponsor of the Award, leading construction materials producer, AfriSam, continues its partnership with SAIA in bestowing the Award.
Apart from acknowledging excellence in Sustainable Architecture and Research in Sustainability, the Award also invites entries that make innovative contributions in the fields of Sustainable Products and Technology, and Sustainable Social Programmes.
According to Richard Tomes, Sales and Marketing Executive at AfriSam, the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation is a natural extension of the AfriSam brand and reflects the company’s commitment to sustaining the environment through responsible manufacturing processes.
“At AfriSam we believe in creating concrete possibilities. This extends far beyond just the products that we manufacture. We believe that through responsible and sustainable business practices today, we are creating a future of possibilities for our children and their children.,’ he says.
Entries for the 2017/18 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation close at 00:00 on March 24, 2018 and will be accepted in four categories:
- Sustainable Architecture
- Research in Sustainability
- Sustainable Products and Technology, and
- Sustainable Social Programmes
Project entries should demonstrate how they embody sound sustainable practices that bear the hallmarks of great architectural or social design and innovative thinking in the field of sustainability, to improve our world.
These innovative solutions must comply with the following criteria:
Do the design and related processes harmonise the use of resources with the conservation and strengthening of ecosystems (natural, social, human, financial, and infrastructure)?
2. People Upliftment
Do the design and related processes address the dignity of people through the creation of a socio-economic environment that is inclusive, humane, self-sustaining, maximises the financial viability, and acknowledge lifecycle cost efficiency during and after the implementation process?
3. Evolutionary Paradigm
Do the design and related processes contribute towards an ongoing regenerative future?
4. Placemaking Performance
Do the design and related processes enhance the architectural landscape and contextual urban environment including contributing to the qualitative human experience of place?
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