Winning model to convert urban barriers into human habitation

2017-05-11 06:03
=Mario van Wyk from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is the regional winner for Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year. His entry is titled ‘Horror in Architecture’.                        Photo:SUPPLIED

=Mario van Wyk from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is the regional winner for Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year. His entry is titled ‘Horror in Architecture’. Photo:SUPPLIED

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Mario van Wyk of Uitenhage has represented the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University at the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards which were held yesterday at the Hilton Hotel in Johannesburg.

In this national competition, the country’s best architectural students from eight major universities are identified, based on their final theses and presented with awards at regional events.

The winners of each of the regional com-petitions then go on to compete for the national title and a prize of R50 000 at the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards.

As this year’s top NMMU student Mario van Wyk’s thesis is titled “Horror in Architecture”, a romantic exploration of the exquisite corpse analogy.

Van Wyk says, “As a by-product of the urban environment we are left with open undefined spaces between developed areas where the accumulation of infrastructural layers exists such as storm water channels, railway lines, natural invasiveness and even ruins of old industrial remains. These kinds of spaces create urban barriers and breeding grounds for criminal activities.”

  • His thesis harnesses the romantic and functional qualities of such an area, converting it into a progressive system of human habitation with an innovative housing model.

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