International architects, NMMU students plan metro development

2016-02-24 06:00
International architects visited NMMU last week, where they hosted workshops for students to design plans for developing the Baakens Valley region. Here (from left) Ross Langtree, Dylan Burton, Jade Cudin, Prof. Armando Dal Fabbro from the University IUAV of Venice, and Naledi Segale discuss the possibilities that this region holds.                  Photo: Theo Jeptha

International architects visited NMMU last week, where they hosted workshops for students to design plans for developing the Baakens Valley region. Here (from left) Ross Langtree, Dylan Burton, Jade Cudin, Prof. Armando Dal Fabbro from the University IUAV of Venice, and Naledi Segale discuss the possibilities that this region holds. Photo: Theo Jeptha

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A SERIES of international workshops that allowed Bay students to bring their own ideas for developing the metro to the table, was held at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) this month.

Architectural experts from as far away as Europe and South America visited the Bay for three weeks, where they helped groups of NMMU architecture students to sharpen their skills in this profession.

The teachers for the workshops included Carin Smuts, an architect based in Cape Town, Prof. Stephen Read from TU Delft university in the Netherlands, Prof. Armando dal Fabbro from the University IUAV of Venice in Italy, and Prof. Matías Imbern from the University of Rosario in Argentina.

Under their keen leadership, students built three-dimensional models of the Baakens Valley, with their own ideas for the development of the region added to the design.

Students were very enthusiastic to take part in this project, said Dal Fabbro. “They were very interactive,” he said. “The project was as important and enriching to us as it was to them.”

Smuts said the students were encouraged to make their own presentations and decisions during the workshops. “They even took turns teaching. By doing this, they are empowered to become better architects after graduating, because they learn that there is not one particular right way to do their work.”

This approach was also a boost to the students’ confidence. “Within three weeks we had firsthand knowledge of the entire development process,” said Sarah Weiss, a first-year architecture student.

  • The student projects, which were completed last week, will be submitted to the Mandela Bay development agency (MBDA), to consider alongside their existing plans of developing the Baakens Valley.

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