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Programme | 2 March 2021

Keynote: Peter Rich
Peter Rich Architects | South Africa

"An African Architecture serving as a catalyst for bringing about and embracing change. Buildings that empower communities adapting to changing circumstances, be they social, physical or environmental."

Lecture: "Architecture Enabling Change"

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Keynote: Kunlé Adeyemi
NLÉ | Netherlands/Nigeria

"NLÉ believes that developing cities are the home of Global Advancement thus we will provide the sustainable solutions necessary for the environmental, infrastructural and human challenges posed by this mega century."

Lecture: "Water Cities"

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ACO On Site: Mindeerup Piazza
Connect South | Australia

“PLACE Laboratory curated a narrative of interwoven local stories, using them as a design device with which to order the design character of the piazza"

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Keynote: Peter Rich | Peter Rich Architects
South Africa | Johannesburg

Lecture: “Architecture Enabling Change”

Peter Rich Architects is an architectural practice with international recognition based in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the mid 60’s Peter Rich entered architectural school at the height of the apartheid oppression of the masses. Questions about inequality in the society let him focus throughout his career for a humane architecture that address social issues and empowers people.

As a young architect he took a lot of inspiration by the work of Pancho Guedes, an architect from Mozambique, who´s origin of architecture was intensively connected to local arts and culture. His respect for African worldview and culture was born out of seminal spatial studies he undertook from the 1960s to the 1990s among the indigenous people of Southern Africa. The learning, the field work and social research fundamentally changed the course and direction Peter Rich took as an architect working and living in the ever-changing African context.

Appreciating the diversity and richness of other traditions Peter Rich is trying to fuse the lessons he had learnt about African space with a more contemporary language. The great value of his work is deeply connected to the philosophy of designing with Africa instead of designing for Africa. The “with” demands a commitment process and quality time spent engaged with those for whom you are designing. Among a wide range of projects, Peter Rich Architects was responsible for several museums, cultural and community buildings, sports- and leisurecenter’s, housing projects as well as the development of sustainable neighborhoods. He has been honored for his contribution to contemporary African architecture and championing of the less privileged in the world.

Peter Rich has been awarded the Gold Medal by the South African Institute of Architects, and is a recipient of the South African Professional Service Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. He was named an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Rich has adjudicated both national awards and international competitions as the "World Building of the Year 2009" and excellence in architecture and has taught and directed master classes across the globe. He was a curator's choice to exhibit his drawings of his organic architecture at the 2018 Venice Architectural Biennale.

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Keynote: Kunlé Adeyemi | NLÈ
Nigeria | Lagos & Netherlands | Amsterdam

Lecture: "Water Cities"

Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer and development researcher whose works are internationally recognized for originality and innovation. He is the founder and principal of NLÉ – an architecture, design and urbanism practice founded in 2010, for innovating cities and communities. Adeyemi’s notable works include ‘Makoko Floating School’, a groundbreaking, prototype floating structure once located in the lagoon heart of Lagos, Nigeria. This acclaimed project is part of NLÉ’s extensive body of work – the ‘African Water Cities’ – which explores the intersections of rapid urbanization and climate change.

Alongside his professional practice with multiple prestigious awards, Adeyemi is an international speaker and thought leader. He is an Adjunct Visiting Professor at the University of Lagos, Nigeria and has held several academic positions including the 2017 Aga Khan Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and at Princeton University School of Architecture in 2019. His main area of academic interest is in developing cities of the global south. He has pursued and developed this issue via a number of research papers and study opportunities. His hypothesis ‘Urban Crawl’ (e.g.) is a critical exposé on architecture and urbanism in emerging megacities of the global south, which also unravels the complex urban conditions and operative mechanisms of such cities.

All of Kunlé Adeyemi’s experience, knowledge and background underpin his new architectural, creative design, and urbanism practice for Africa, developing regions and complex urban/rural environments globally. The overarching aim of the practice is to bridge critical gaps in infrastructure and urban development by creating coherent networksand global exchanges that work for people.

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ACO on site
Mindeerup Piazza | PLACE Laboratory | ACO Australia

About the project: Connect South | A link between urban architecture and local fauna

Situated on the Swan River Foreshore in South Perth, the new Connect South Visitor Hub is a world class public domain offering an impressive contrast to the city’s skyline overlooking the famous Swan River. The precinct acts as a link between pedestrian-friendly open spaces and recreational and entertainment areas. For residents and visitors alike, the plaza also provides a central transport link to Perth Zoo as well as a gateway to the city.

Designers wanted to entwine various contextual local themes relating to urban and natural sustainability with the requirements of a modern urban infrastructure. These were reflected on the pavement, its elements, sculptures and other activation points.

A special eye-catcher is the six-ton Numbat which serves also as a rain shelter. This was one of the sculptures chosen to reflect Perth Zoo’s dedication to conservation, commitment to wildlife and native fauna.

    ACO supplied high-quality Rhinocast® access covers and trench drains that enable maintenance with minimal surface interference, including options that complement all pavement finishes. These urban elements were specified for the unique way they both physically and visually interacted within the urban environment. The Rhinocast® iron access covers with decorative edging allow pavers to be installed in a seamless finish with the adjacent pavement. Therefore, the uniform aesthetic of the final product met the designers’ brief that the new pits “not be an eyesore on the pavements”, while also being strong enough to support maintenance and emergency vehicles without damage. Access covers are critical elements that give access to essential service infrastructure — stormwater, sewer, gas, electrical and communications. These services can be routed through various pavement types, and while not always considered by the public, is nonetheless imperative to the success of any public space scheme. An unbroken pavement not only provides a trip-hazard-free surface for pedestrians but also makes maintenance and repairs safely accessible for city workers.

    Involved parties:

    • Andrew Thomas, WA President of the Australian Institue of Landscape Architects
    • Greg Milner, Mayor of South Perth
    • Anna Chauval, Founder and Director of Place Laboratory
    • Steve Kirsu, Senior Landscape Architect & Urban Designer of Place Logic / ACT President of AILA


    2020 AILA WA Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence, Category: Civic Landscape
    2020 AILA WA Landscape Architecture Award, Category: Tourism