Student competition

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posted 11 Jan 2012, 03:43 by SHiFT SHiFT   [ updated 16 Jan 2012, 23:32 ]

The 2004 student competition had taken place during the year and on the 8th of October we had a very successful award ceremony, held at a stunning building: The Auditorium of the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein. There were more then 100 attendees and the various speakers, amongst whom the Deputy Director in the National Ministry of Housing who represented the Minister (who at the very last moment had to apologize) made it clear that there is an important role for SHiFT to play in the development of housing in South Africa. The winners of the competition, Sabello Ncube and Sabatha Vilakati of Wits University, were sponsored to go the Netherlands in March 2005 for a Study Tour, as their prize.


posted 11 Jan 2012, 03:21 by SHiFT SHiFT   [ updated 16 Jan 2012, 23:38 ]

The first student competition was held in August 2002. The theme was the “Innovation in Social Housing Design”. The competition focused on an alternative housing delivery options to stimulate the debate and produce new ideas. Its aim was to “shift” the focus to other housing models and delivery systems that address urban medium density residential housing. The schemes needed to address social, economic and environmental issues.

The competition sponsor (SHF) commentson why it was supporting this initiative: “Built environmental professionals tend to approach social housing as they approach low cost housing developments in general. There is little initiative and thought given to the creation of a quality housingg project and living environment. The projects are plagued with unnecessary maintenance expenses which could have been addressed had more thought been given by the professionals involved upfront. Low cost housing is about more than four walls and a roof.” 

Two entries were chose as the joint winners: an entry from Port Elizabeth, “The Living Corridor” and one from Cape Town, “Social Street = Social Housing”. The submissions demonstrated a 

clear quest for improved quality in social housing, resulting in various exciting ideas. The criteria, on which the entries were judged on, were adapted from the “Guidelines for Social Housing                                                                                                             design” booklet. 


posted 10 Jan 2012, 02:38 by SHiFT SHiFT   [ updated 16 Jan 2012, 23:48 ]

A competition held biannually with the collaboration of schools of the issues affecting social housing design which is usually accommodated in their curricula by interested lecturers. SHiFT runs a ‘roadshow’ to all participating institutions early on in the learning process so as to ensure all students participating have equal information on social housing, which is often beyond the scope of lecturers skill sets. This year thecompetition was funded by SHiFT itself, Libuyile Community Development Trust (for the second consecutive time) and the National Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. Some interest was spurred at the CSIR through Agrement but it came too late, but should be followed up in future competitions. First prize went to SHiFT Housing Urban Restructured Zone: Ryan Harborth University of KwaZulu Natal


posted 10 Jan 2012, 01:50 by SHiFT SHiFT   [ updated 17 Jan 2012, 00:02 ]

35 students entries were received for the competition from nine schools of Architecture. Collin Savage chaired the jury consisting of Ora Joubert, Mphethi Morojele, Amira Osman, Henk Jacobs, Chris Shabangu, JP Zietsman, 
Joel Mkunqwana.

They had received the entries electronically to consider on their time and gather on the appointed day to deliberate with other jurors.

A group of three students from the University of Johannesburg narrowly made it to the top of the list and won the trip to the Netherlands. The top two contenders were too close for the comfort choice of jurors. They were Sibo Shabalala, Taswald Pillay and Brent Clarke.

They left for the Netherlands trip on the 13th of June. The winners report is available in the downloads folder on the student competition page 

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