PICS: A new District Six

Last week Friday, the winner of the PPC Imaginarium Award for Architecture was crowned at the 2018 Architecture ZA conference.

Held at the 012Central Gallery in Pretoria, the award explores the progress being made in designing sustainable, adaptive and integrated cities that can respond to growing social, economic and environmental problems. This year's theme was We The City: Memory and Resilience. Entrants were urged to submit designs that address current issues.

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The winner of the award was 22-year- old University of Cape Town student Roark Robinson. He received a R50 000 cash prize for his project that envisages a "public, connective architecture" for a District Six of the future.

According to Robinson, the building's purpose is to act as a gateway between two parts of the city – the occupied part where the Cape Peninsula University of Technology lies, and the open, barren part. It comprises a public square that anyone can enter.

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"District Six stands vacant and scarred as one of the greatest exhibitions of apartheid-era planning reinforcement," he said. "As one of the pioneering redevelopments of the area, the building aims to set a precedent for future developments, encouraging acts of public, connective architecture and creating the first framed public space in the area."

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The PPC Imaginarium Award for Architecture explores creating sustainable, adaptive and integrated cities. (Photo: Supplied)

The building, though not something that will necessarily be realised, is a vision of an inclusive space for all Capetonians – linked to an amphitheatre, workshops and performance spaces.

"The first design element that I've used is to have a roof that's walkable, that gives people the opportunity to look out over the city. There's also an amphitheatre that allows people to interact with the programme of the building, which is an artisan centre."

new district six concept design
The PPC Imaginarium Award for Architecture explores creating sustainable, adaptive and integrated cities. (Photo: Supplied)

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The panel of judges included Cameroonian architect Hermann Kamte; prolific Chilean architect Enrique Browne; Maria Fernanda Derntl, author and professor at the University of Brasilia; award-winning architect Nadia Tromp of Ntsika Architects; and award-winning studioMAS architect Heidi Boulanger (van Eeden).

Robinson's winning project will become part of the PPC Imaginarium Awards' travelling exhibition. This includes the winners across all categories of the awards: fashion, sculpture, jewellery, film and industrial design. Check it out at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town from tomorrow until June 6, at the Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg from July 12 to 15 and at 100% Design South Africa in Midrand from August 8 to 13.

new district six concept design
The PPC Imaginarium Award for Architecture explores creating sustainable, adaptive and integrated cities. (Photo: Supplied)
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