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Master Class ‘A Piece of the City’ at Cape Town’s Architecture ZA 2012 Biennial

 Master Class ‘A Piece of the City’ at Cape Town’s Architecture ZA 2012 Biennial

Top international architectural duo Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajima of Tokyo-based architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow will join cutting edge South African architects in leading the fourth C&CI International Design Master Class at the AZA2012 entitled ‘A Piece of the City’ on Monday, 17 September and Tuesday, 18 September in Cape Town, following the Architecture ZA 2012 Biennial Festival.

*Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajima

In partnership with the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), Cape Town Institute for Architecture and associate sponsors PPC, the Cement and Concrete Institute, Lafarge and Paragon Architects, the Biennial Festival is a veritable think-tank of international and local speakers, that also includes debates, exhibitions, a film festival and city tours.  Architecture ZA 2012 follows on the success of the 2010 Biennial, which took place in Newtown and attracted more than a thousand delegates.

Atelier Bow-Wow, who will also speak at the Biennial Festival, is known for its research exploring the urban conditions of micro, ad hoc architecture, and both Tsukamoto and Kajima have held guest professor positions at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Joining Atelier Bow-Wow are two of South Africa’s most innovative architects:  Andrew Makin and Ora Joubert. Best known for designing the Constitutional Court building (with Urban Solutions), Makin is a lead architect at multi award-winning Durban-based architectural firm designworkshop : sa. Joubert is highly sought-after as an academic, but has also won numerous design awards, and was the convener of a seminal reference book on architecture in democratic South Africa.

Adding to the quorum of top architects is Elena Rocchi of Spain, who worked for Miralles Tagliabue EMBT Arquitectes Associats as a senior architect from 1995-2008 and is currently at UIC Architecture Faculty in Barcelona as Thesis and Master Class convener.

*Elena Rocchi

Conducted in the historical quarters, known as ‘The Fringe District’, of Cape Town’s inner city through guided tours with a temporary residential design studio as a base, the class will revolve around the larger context of the city and sites chosen as the focus of a design intervention. It is an intense two days of drawing, discussions, impromptu lectures, site visits and one-on-one interactions with the mentors, and is open to the public.

The Master Class focuses on the mixed-use area between the CBD and District Six, which is particularly significant, as it has been chosen to be developed into Cape Town’s Design District by the City of Cape Town and Creative Cape Town, in time for World Design Capital 2014, according to Daniel van der Merwe, Convener of AZA 2012.

“The mentors were chosen for their diverse expertise, their very different approaches to architecture as a process of discovery and exploration, and their individual design methodologies,” said van der Merwe. “It is a design course intended to energize and enthuse, as well as deepen understanding of design methodology, either as a refresher for practicing architects or as new and inspiring material for students.”

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