Introduction To The Student Programme For UIA2014

The student programme has been conceptualised and put together by a dedicated team of students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and aims to showcase students from around the world in all of their impulsive, revolutionary and potentially mud-slinging glory. The UIA Student Programme comprises 6 scientific events which will run parallel to those of the professional programme during the two hours before and after lunch for the 3 days of the congress. Taking in heavy-weight voices within the architecture, design and film industries in South Africa. The student programme will provide a platform for students to unpack the concept of Otherwhere along the lines of the sub-themes of Resilience, Ecology and Values. They will ultimately have an opportunity to voice their own opinions on the subject of current and future practices of architectural education in the student debate which will conclude the UIA 2014 student programme.

The UIA Student Programme looks at translating the theme of Otherwhere and the sub-themes of Resilience, Ecology and Values into student-centred events that bring up and unpack those themes in relation to the issues students face daily and within their lives and experiences of the built environment. The intention is that the UIA 2014 Durban will provide a platform for a distinctly student voice to be heard and noted in a way that may affect architectural students and education and thereby the future of architecture at a very fundamental and exciting level and in a way that respectfully challenges what we as architects do, how we do it and why.

 

In the evenings the students will be hosting two social events with Archiball - a formal cocktail evening where students, academics and professionals will have a chance to unwind together - on Tuesday and the UIA Closing Party on Wednesday evening. Beyond these events, the student programme extends into the city itself in order to challenge ideas of forgotten spaces and uplift those areas and their communities needing a change of mind. City initiatives include the Student Pocket Parks, “If these walls could speak” Intervention, Markets of Warwick Tours and collaborations with the professionals working on the pedestrianisation of Dr Pixley Kaseme - a central commercial street that runs right through the City of Durban.