Corobrik Paves the Way for CPUT Students
600 Corobrik pavers, 300 clay bricks, ornamental gravel and a selection of planting materials were all that was needed for 80 Landscape Technology students at the Cape University of Technology (CPUT) to completely transform a 12 metre x 14 metre area on their Cape Town campus in just two weeks.
This hands-on landscape installation formed part of the inaugural CPUT-Corobrik Construction Week which saw students participating in specialised landscape construction lectures, workshops and demonstrations as well as in this exciting project.
Students were encouraged to interact with manufacturers, industry members and professional bodies at the workshops. The focus of Construction Week was both hard and soft landscape construction, including paving and hard landscape surface treatments like ornamental gravel, tree and groundcover planting and tree staking. Students were exposed to technical construction which incorporated material and plant specifications, construction detailing and construction drawings and documentation, said Johan van Rooyen, Head of Program, Landscape Technology.
Christie van Niekerk, Corobrik manager for the Western Cape, said that although Corobrik had helped deliver lectures for architecture students at CPUT, this was the first time they had contributed towards the training of landscape students.
Corobrik's Training Co-ordinator Ismail Rothman took on the task of compiling lectures while architectural representatives Werner Oelofse and Allistair Cloete assisted with organising and lecturing. The students were divided into four groups. Each group was required to come up with its own unique design that had to promote Corobrik and the use of pavers and bricks.
Construction Week is designed to encourage skills transfer between students of different year levels. Each group of students was given two weeks and exactly the same amount of construction materials - Constantia Travertine facebrick, Meadow and Constantia pavers - to design and construct a 7 x 6m portion of the overall construction area, van Rooyen explained.
The challenge was using Corobrik products in a new and exciting way. Although four unique designs were created, the brief provided stated that students should interact with the groups around them and ensure that all four landscapes integrated to form one project.
The area that has been transformed forms part of the CPUT nursery. It is a popular open space which is used for a number of academic activities and as a study area for students investigating maintenance and construction issues.
Van Rooyen said that the project fitted well with the courses offered at CPUT as there is a strong emphasis on construction. The end result was a combination of striking designs that were judged by a panel of judges from CPUT, Corobrik, the South African Landscape Institute and the South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession.
Corobrik and CPUT now plan to make CPUT-Corobrik Construction Week an annual event.
One group chose to produce this round design. They are pictured proudly showing off their completed paving design are from left: A Sogoni, L Ndamase, JX Hlutyana, AG Stiebel, L Roux, SZ Zide, Y Liwani, OP Maritz, S Jacobs, SPP Mkhatshwa, A Milisi and U Mkehle