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The AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture

The AfriSam-SAIA award recognises buildings that are the result of an integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. These buildings show that design and sustainability can - and should - be mutually reinforcing.

The winning and commended projects make a positive contribution to their communities and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as the reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation and the use of sustainable or renewable construction materials.

We call on all practitioners, who share our vision, to enter the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation – and to bring a better future to lives.

Entries will be accepted in four categories: Sustainable Architecture, Research in Sustainability, Sustainable Products and Technology and Sustainable Social Programmes.

Entries close on the 24th of March 2016.

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Winning Project 2014
Paragon Architects
Alexander Forbes
Sandton, Johannesburg

The Alexander Forbes Headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg, designed by Paragon Architects and Paragon Interface, tooktop honours in the built work category at the 2014 AfriSam South African Institute of Architects Award for Sustainable Architecture, announced on 9 October at Johannesburg City Library.

Winning Project 2014
Koop Design
Vukuzakhe: Developing systems for the delivery of an alternative building typology

Both the Architect and the City of Durban, should be commended for consolidating their research and their observations of de facto urban development in the Municipality of eThekweni.

Commended Project 2014
Michele Sandilands Architects
UNISA Phase 2
Parow, Western Cape
Commended Project 2014
Architects of Justice
The Seed Library
Alexandra, Johannesburg
Commended Project 2014
Claude Bailey Architecture & Design
Monaghan Farm
Lanseria, Johannesburg
Commended Project 2014
ERA Architects
House Jones
Hurlingham, Johannesburg
Commended Project 2014
Collis & Associates
Use Of Recycled Construction Waste In Concrete
Western Cape
Submission 2014
TC Design Architects
44 On Grand Central
Midrand, Johannesburg
Submission 2014
Urban Designers and Architects
Helenvale Multi-Purpose Community Centre - The Matrix
Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth
Submission 2014
AMA Architects
The Lakeside 3
Centurion, Johannesburg
Submission 2014
Crafford & Crafford Architects
The New Architecture Wing, Tshwane University Of Technology
Submission 2014
Urban Designers and Architects
SAPS 10111 Radio Control Centre
Port Elizabeth
Submission 2014
Collis & Associates
Sustainably Grown Plantation Timber
Cape Town
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