Corobrik Conference rewards top employees for driving sales and productiongeneral
Corobrik Conference rewards top employees for driving sales and production
Corobrik Conference rewards top employees for driving sales and production
Margeaux Adams puts her name on the architectural map
Sustainability in building design has won Renée Minnaar of the University of Pretoria a place at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Corobrik’s Graphite pavers add to the modern Menlyn Learning Hub
Innovation and an appreciation of South Africa’s cultural diversity stand out in The University of the Free State, Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Corobrik’s clay face brick chosen for superior thermal efficiency
Sustainable building is the focus at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Corobrik’s latest product range at the KZN Construction Expo 2018
Sustainable construction is integral to superior design at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Double curving face brick wall in newly-constructed Constantia school hall is a first for South Africa
Tshwane University of Technology student maps the way into the architectural future
COROBRIK SPONSOR THEIR 31st ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
Award winning young architects pave the way to the future
31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award steps into the future
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The Devland Social Housing Development used durable clay face bricks manufactured by Corobrik
Corobrik donates face bricks for construction of school kitchen
Corobrik opens modern Nelspruit Centre
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COROBRIK ADDS VALUE TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING MARKET
Striking red Corobrik face brick creates inspired design in new Century City development
Corobrik’s bricklayer training programme empowers youth
Facebrick makes for healthy living at the University of Zululand
Corobrik chairman, Peter du Trevou, joined performers at 2017 BHCA 1820s amateur orchestra.
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Corobrik wins ‘Large Manufacturing’ category at KZN Top Business Awards
SANparks employees upskilled with paving training
Corobrik’s face brick meets sustainable needs of modern development
Corobrik products enhance Nelspruit’s Riverside Office Park development
Inspirational learning centre constructed using Corobrik’s face brick.
Corobrik welcomes new deputy managing director as part of growth plan
Urban greenery initiative takes top prize in Corobrik’s Most Innovative Final Year Landscape Architecture Award
Swellendam community upskilled through Corobrik bricklaying programme
Clay brick construction – supporting the green building imperative
Brick supplier Corobrik win Diamond Arrow Award
Jean-Pierre Desvaux De Marigny from the University of KwaZulu-Natal wins the 30th Corobrik Architectural Awards
Corobrik face brick creates inspirational 01 on Mutual inner city building
Katherine Dewar’s focus on innovation and an appreciation of South Africa’s cultural diversity has won her a place in the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Innovation blends with sustainability, social awareness and technical excellence in 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Learnership programme enriches the life of disabled people
Corobrik contributes to Inner City rejuvenation
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Creative use of Corobrik’s product enhances Vredenburg high school
Darren Sampson’s innovation and technical skill resulted in his award at the University of Johannesburg regional event
Corobrik face bricks combine to create attractive housing development
A heritage portal created on the ruins of Westfort, a fort originally protecting the west of Pretoria, wins the University of Pretoria regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award.
Lana Bramley wins the University of the Free State regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
A community food production facility in Alexandra wins the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Regional Award.
Corobrik’s face brick creates neat, uncomplicated look for 01 on Lunar development
Mario van Wyk to represent Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University at the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year event
Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers enhance the green aspects of Menlyn Maine Central Square
Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers assimilate Sol Plaatje University with city of Kimberley
Ethekwini Municipality and Corobrik host a graduation ceremony
Corobrik’s quality product used for Pietermaritzburg social housing project
Corobrik helps cycling team.
Ubuntu Community Chest and Corobrik have a twenty-year relationship.
Corobrik train landscape technology students.
Face bricks laid upright represent the members of the Affies choir at the new music centre.
Exceptional architectural design recognised by the SA Institute for Architecture.
“What do you want, brick?” ….this is a question which has gained legendary status within architectural circles
Corobrik help people obtain bricklaying skills.
The youth in KwaZulu-Natal enjoy educational facilities at the new Majuba FET college in Dundee.
Corobrik receive commendation for support to architects
Corobrik 3D Visualiser to assist architects and specifiers
Social housing project in Pretoria uses maintenance free Corobrik Montana Light face bricks.
The new Royal School Alberton defined by brick
Corobrik’s facebrick gives Century City Square a modern, natural look
Vedhant Maharaj from The University of the Witwatersrand became the 29th architectural student to take first prize at the Corobrik Architectural Awards in Johannesburg last night.
Firelight satin facebricks enhance iconic Tshwane building.
Corobrik train landscape students in the process of hard landscaping.
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Robotics installed at the Corobrik Lawley factory will allow flexibility in production as it can run out of Eskom peak tariff hours.
Architectural student proposes Delft in the Western Cape the site for FET college to reinforce town high street and facility diversity.
Firelight satin facebricks enhance iconic Tshwane building.
A board game that shows just how various measures that fall within “tactical urbanism” can address spatial inequality
A biological water treatment and research facility is proposed to revitalise decay.
A new use for the Johannesburg Observatory site.
An environmental research facility in KwaZulu-Natal to address threatened natural resources
An environmental research facility for the Karoo’s fossil heritage.
Freedom of expression is Nilene van Niekerk’s passion.
A reforestation and timber mill project to rejuvenate the Nasrec Precinct.
A water purification infrastructure for the hazardously polluted River Ganga in India
A thesis that addresses social, economic and environmental issues that exist within the industrial landscape.
Investments in social infrastructure are key to positive prospects
Top architectural students to compete for prestigious award.
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Corobrik’s Lansdowne Centre moves to new premises
Corobrik House Donation in Polokwane
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Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company completes refurbishment after donation of top-quality Corobrik pavers
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As the University of Witwatersrand regional winner of the 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award, Margeaux Adams from the University has put her name on the architectural map of the future.
In this annual competition, the country’s best architectural students from eight major universities are identified based on their final theses and presented with awards throughout the year. The winners of each of the regional competitions then go on to compete for the national title and a prize of R50 000 at the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards.
“The students of today are the creators of the built environment of the future. We find ourselves in a challenging time where our finest young minds will have to adapt to unprecedented changes. We are on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution. Whereas, the first industrial revolution was centred on engineering, the second driven by electricity and mass production and the third by information technology, the fourth will hinge on human creativity. Already we are seeing massive levels of disruption as people completely recreate processes that we have taken for granted for decades,” said Musa Shangase, Corobrik Commercial Director told students and academics at the award ceremony.
“While it is true that this sort of disruption has been the death knell for some of the world’s largest brands – think Kodak and analogue camera, major record labels and the vinyl record and even some of our major newspapers. “
“However, many have been able to change with the times – and Corobrik which has been around for over 115 years and the clay brick which ash survived for thousands of years are two of them.”
Entrants for the Wits leg of the 31st National Corobrik Architectural Student Awards fully grasped the challenges of the fourth revolution whilst, at the same time, realising that South Africa also needed to grapple with the demands of an emerging economy and the overhang from a political, economic and social system that did not serve the needs of its people.
In first place is Margeaux Adams and her thesis is entitled Onder Hemel Bo Aarde.
She says, “The research interrogates dominant western pedagogy and concepts of cultural superiority including the idea of architecture as a product of culture.”
It looks at colonial discourse with a specific interest in language and its use in constructing systems of knowledge and power and assesses architecture as an extension of this colonial language.
Using post-colonial theory, the research intends to deconstruct harmful and inaccurate ideas of cultural superiority and its embodiment in our spatial landscapes. Noting that during colonialism and its succeeding ideology apartheid; erasure of people of colour occurred in various forms. Erasure of their identities under racial classification systems and the accompanying spatial erasure through spatial displacement and relocation.
Within the spatial case study of the small Anglican mission settlement of Abbotsdale (a community of former slaves) the research addresses three central ideas from an architectural standpoint, identity, power, and ritual. This community has experienced multiple forms of erasure within its physical and psychological landscape.
The Architectural proposal programmatically attempts to accommodate the remaining remnants of the rituals of the town and community. Therein acknowledging and giving value to the community's heritage and history. This takes physical form in the reinterpretation of the spatial role once played by the church in a mission settlement. The program is a complex which includes an archive, an agricultural school, an event space, a community-based market and a bakery.”
Margeaux Adams received 1st prize of R8 500 while Rene Vidjak won second prize of R6 500 and Aeron Stipanov received the third prize of R4 500. A R4 500 prize for the best use of clay masonry was also presented to Gabrielle Cutler
Rene Vidjak’s thesis is “Home Affairs” and it is the rebirth of the Department of Home Affairs in Randburg, Johannesburg
This research report tells a story of how architecture and space perpetuate the power struggles between people, government public services, and democracy. These interwoven relationships are explored with reference to the global migration crisis, and South Africa’s battle with this plight. Through architecture, this research report introduces a ‘rebirth’ of the office for the Department of Home Affairs in the bustling Randburg CBD. It proposes a diverse and people-centred precinct of public buildings which reveal the ideals of citizenship, dignity, integrity, transparency, democracy and sustainability.
In third place with his entry “Théâtre de L' Absurde: A Parasitic Mediator Within Gold Reef City” is Aeron Stipanov
This thesis aims contextualize and understand the profoundly unequal city that Johannesburg is today. Shaped by the rise and fall of legally sanctioned segregation, Johannesburg currently demonstrates one of the world’s most socially, economically and spatially fragmented urban landscapes. Through the acknowledgment of growing anxieties within the city due to crime, it is the constructed enclave that has begun to dominate and configure a pattern of multiple urban formations. The proposed site is the popular capitalist enclave, Gold Reef City, that is situated on the south-western periphery of the CBD. Its location and existing function present the ideal opportunity for the proposal of a new theatre typology, that allows for the boundary wall to be broken down in order to create a more inclusive urban formation. The new theatre typology is a parasitic building that intends to juxtapose all that already exists on site. It is a building that creates a platform for spectacle and escape, whilst being entirely accessible to strangers from all walks of life.
The best use of clay brick in a thesis project has been awarded to Gabrielle Cutler for her project entitled [RE] PURPOSE - Memory, meaning and hybrid culture of Johannesburg
She says, “the proposed site is located south of the railway, at what used to be known as, ‘Mvuyana Yard’ in New Doornfontein. Between the late 1800s and the Slums Removal Act of 1930, yards such as this could be found in residential suburbs at the edge of the city. Yards were spaces usually located at the back of residential properties with small rooms housing dense numbers of residents. New Doornfontein housed six main yards, with the built fabric of none remaining, except that of 24 Lower Ross Street. At this address a Pastor’s House and the African National Church, both built in 1922, still stand. Neighbouring, was the Central News Agency (CNA) compound.
The project explores ideas of memory in architecture and the heritage of Johannesburg. It aims to integrate users and uses while interrogating the intentions of the site’s existing buildings, all of which are brickwork. Their coarseness and dilapidation, illustrate the distinction between past and present, between present and absent. The use of brickwork in both the new and existing buildings intended to highlight the stark difference between what has been gentrified, neglected or regenerated.
The yards were, despite all intentions and efforts, the site of trans-cultural exchange. Despite its origins as a cultural adaptation giving way to new forms of identity and experience.
The design of a museum, a place for remembering and testifying, The existing decaying plaster and brickwork buildings form part of the display. An awareness of this type of architectural erasure is necessary before the area’s heritage is disregarded. It is representative of the historic citizen of Johannesburg, while appropriating memory in present-day.
Margeaux Adams will represent the University of Witwatersrand at the national finals to be held in Johannesburg in April 2018.