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Eunic Architecture Studio 2011: Recycle the City, an approach for sustainable architecture

Between 21 and 25 November 2011, Eunic Architecture Studio will take place in Johannesburg. As an event aiming at linking public, students and young professionals to the crucial question and challenge of the living and housing conditions in modern South Africa, the EUNIC Architecture Studio was launched in 2008 and left a blue-print with an unseen combination of lectures, conferences and experimental workshop framed by multidisciplinary professionals such as architects and urban planners, but also geographer and contemporary artists. For its fourth edition, Eunic Architecture Studio will tackle the major issue of “Recycle the City, an approach for sustainable architecture”.

After dealing with the issue of affordable housing in the South African townships and particularly the “Breaking New Ground” programme from the South African government during the first year, new essential challenges such as urban sprawl, job access and transport have led to a logical evolution of the workshop’s content. In the following years, the workshop put a lot of effort into the issue of urban renewal in the centre of Johannesburg and particularly the Hillbrow district.

The case study of the 2011 programme will be based on the Florence building in Hillbrow. The centre of Johannesburg and Hillbrow in particular, shows a complex history and configuration. It consists in a high quality modern heritage presenting large buildings with interesting architectural characteristics. In the past, these dwelling places were occupied by an affluent population. Today the same buildings shelter populations in difficulty and immigrants for the majority. The objective of the 2011 programme is to propose decent housing accessible to the largest number possible. It also involves urban recycling, transforming existing situations and using them as a starting point for any project; reinforcing the systems in place in order to benefit from what exists already.

As a non academic forum focusing on free expression, improvisation and concrete production, the 4th EUNIC ARCHITECTURE STUDIO will thus look for strategies to renovate and improve existent inner city buildings and public spaces, with a constant approach based on economy of means, simple solutions and good sense. From 21 to 25 November, the workshop will be based in the new offices of the French Institute of South Africa in 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein, and the public will be invited to attend a daily conference. On 25 November, the results of the workshop will be presented at Ansteys Building (TBC) as part of a social, vibrant evening with performances from the best artists the inner-city has to offer. From 28 November to 9 December, the work produced as part of the EUNIC Architecture Studio from 2008 to 2011 will be presented at the Conference of the United Nations on climate change (COP 17).

REGISTRATION TO THE EUNIC ARCHITECTURE STUDIO 2011 IS FREE - TO BE PART OF THE EUNIC ARCHITECTURE STUDIO 2011 REGISTER TO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 011 403 0458
Iain Low (South Africa), Carin Smuts (South Africa), Frans Sebothoma (Building Management / South Africa), Frédéric Druot ( France), Alex Opper (South Africa), Thorsten Deckler (Namibia), Alex Ely (England), Christophe Hutin (France)


Monday 21 to Friday 25 November: Workshops @ IFAS (reserved to subscribed students and young professionals)

Monday 21 November
18:00 – Lecture by Carin Smuts @ IFAS (to be confirmed): free entrance - under subscription – 0.1 CPD

Tuesday 22 November
18:00 – Lecture by Thorsten Deckler & Alex Opper @ IFAS: free entrance - under subscription – 0.1 CPD

Wednesday 23 November
18:00 – Lecture by Jeffrey Turko @ IFAS: free entrance - under subscription – 0.1 CPD
19:00 – Diner @ Narina Trogon et guided night tour with Brian Altshuler (R 200 - under subscription)

Friday 25 November
18:00 – Lecture by Frédéric Druot @ IFAS: free entrance - under subscription – 0.1 CPD
19:00 – Présentation des travaux de l’atelier @ IFAS (buffet - under subscription)

Saturday 26 November to Saturday 03 December
Exposition @ GIFA

Claire Metais – IFAS / 011 403 0458 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) - 62 Juta Street (1er étage), Braamfontein, JHB
Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) - 77 Juta Street, Braamfontein, JHB

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