On the 17th of May, ILASA Cape hosted an event titled “Landscape Architecture in Africa” at the Cape Institute for Architecture in Cape Town. The invitation was circulated not only to ILASA Cape members but also to The Society for [Landscape] Architects, Planners, Engineers and Surveyors (APES) and the Cape Town Institute of Architects (CIA), landscape contract managers, students from UCT and CPUT.
The response was phenomenal; instead of our usual ±20 ILASA Cape members and students we had 42 RSVP’s and 47 attendees. Of the 47 attendees 19 were landscape architects, 8 architects, 8 were students from either CPUT or UCT and 7 landscape contract managers.
Before the presentations kicked off the ILASA Cape chair, Ankia Bormans, awarded two CPUT Baccalaureus Technologiae students ILASA Awards; ApheleleCengimbo for Best Landscape Technology student & Dirk Smit for Most Improved Landscape Technology student. Both students are currently enrolled in the Landscape Architecture programme at UCT.
After these formalities Neville White from Landscape Architects Uys& White presented an insightful presentation on working in Nigeria; the complexities, logistics & ethics. He presented three case studies, with the main focus on a project they did close to Auchi, a rural village between Benin City and Abuja.
This was followed by a presentation by Anthony Wain from Planning Partners. Anthony presented a case study of a park in Cairo, Egypt – Al‐Azhar. Anthony’s presentation focussed on the context that informed the park design and strategies that were implemented to uplift the surrounding communities i.e. park as catalyst for urban upgrade.
On the whole, it was a very interesting and enjoyable evening with new perspectives on working as a landscape architect in Africa. ILASA would like to extend a big thank you to both speakers in taking the time and effort to share their valuable knowledge and experiences.
We’d also like to thank Topdecks who sponsored the venue hire. For more information on Topdecks please refer to their website http://www.topdecks.co.za/
Lastly we’d like to thank Soraya and Brent from CIFA for their administrative and technical assistance respectively as well as the assistance from the ILASA Cape Committee for organising the event.