THE 2005 MERIT AWARD WINNERS …presidential merit award… FREEDOM PARK: ISIVIVANE – NEWTOWN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

This submission was for the design of the Isivivane section of the Freedom Park development on Salvokop in Pretoria. The project was very well explained and design considerations and resultant decisions were clearly communicated and well presented in text and graphics. In its execution, the design displayed excellence in creativity, social responsibility and environmental awareness.


…design category… FREEDOM PARK: ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AND PARKING AREA – NEWTOWN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

In this project the hard and soft landscaping around the Freedom Park (Pretoria)reception and administration section, as well as the landscaping in and around the visitor’s parking area was presented for adjudication. The project involved the close integration of architecture, partly submerged below the natural ground line, with adjacent pathways, ramps, steps, retaining walls and soft landscaping. This integration was done successfully and sensitively, with regard to the site’s natural features.

MOROKA PARK PRECINCT – NEWTOWN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

This project consisted of the design and execution of three parks linked to each other in the Moroka precinct of Soweto. The parks represent well designed open spaces in a community that lacks such facilities. The use of the parks by the community is already evident. it is clear that the local community participated in determining the required facilities as well as in the design of specific items in the parks.

AEL BUSINESS PLATFORM – GREEN INC. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

This project was submitted for the landscape design of AEL’s Business Platform in Modderfontein, Johannesburg. The panel was of the opinion that this was a well designed landscape, simple but still elegant, with a strong underlying philosophy. The planting design was innovative and appropriate.

NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE – GREEN INC. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

This project was for the landscape design of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature buildings in Kimberley. The panel agreed that the project was very innovative in terms of its design approach and execution. The appropriateness of form, colour and texture in the hard and soft landscaping elements stands out, although extensive hard paved areas may create unpleasant climatic conditions for users on hot days that can be expected in Kimberley. Whereas the ‘external’ planted areas were considered extremely appropriate, it was felt that some of the hard and soft landscaped areas close to, or under building structures could have been more appropriately integrated.

BIG BAY DEVELOPMENT – PLANNING PARTNERS

This project was for the landscaping of the new Big Bay development near Bloubergstrand, Cape Town. It included street and median landscaping as well as rehabilitation planting on the primary and secondary dune systems, previously badly degraded with alien invasive plants. The work was considered innovative in that the design was for an endemic xerophytic planting palette and the landscape architect worked closely with ecologists, horticulturists, civil engineers and a very knowledgeable landscape contractor. During the project’s construction phase and now during ongoing maintenance work, a large number of unskilled workers are afforded employment. The project must be seen in its broader context in that it forms part of an integrated coastal development and environmental rehabilitation plan for the area.

DOROTHY NYEMBE PARK SCULPTURES – INSITE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

This project was entered for the Detail Design Category for its sculptural elements. This project consisted of precast concrete sculptures adorning the Dorothy Nyembe Park in Soweto, Johannesburg. The various elements share the same ‘language’ despite having different functions and applications, and are considered to be strong in form, bold and innovative. They create a feeling of animation and movement. The detailing and the materials used are robust and appropriate to the context.


…environmental category… MOFOLO-MOROKA OPEN SPACE FRAMEWORK – NEWTOWN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

In this project an open space framework for the green spaces in Mofolo-Moroka precincts in Soweto, Johannesburg was developed. The report was compiled well and all relevant information was presented in a clear and simple manner. It was also well illustrated. The underlying ecological principles came out strongly – all design proposals took ecological considerations into account. The proposals responded to the question ‘so what?’, which is not often answered in reports or studies of this nature and clearly directed decision-making since the proposed priorities and estimated costs were also given.

GALESHEWE OPEN SPACE AND LANDSCAPE PLAN – AFRICAN EPA

This project provided an open space and landscape plan for the Galeshewe Township near Kimberley. The report was considered to be very comprehensive and from an editorial point of view, well written and easy to read. The analysis of the area and its features was carried out thoroughly but it was felt that the interpretation of the data and solutions proposed could have been more innovative. More emphasis could have been placed on the hierarchy of the open spaces and their relationship to open or green spaces surrounding the township. The decision making tools provided in the report to the client were sufficient to enable informed planning decisions to be made. The public participation process that was followed was comprehensive and the entrant made every effort to determine the community’s needs. The information presented to the community by use of such media as posters, was considered to be very appropriate.