Invitation To Opening of AZA Pavilion - Johannesburg

The AZA Pavilion is a live, full scale demonstration building on Mary Fitzgerald Square using a range of alternative building materials. The building demonstrates not only light-weight and fully insulated building materials (that can be handled by women), but also demonstrates an alternative approach to the design and construction methods of community-based, integrated housing models.

The Pavilion has been constructed on the Square in 12 days by 4 teams of women and yougsters from Thinasonke Informal Settlement (Alrode South), and will be dismantled after the AZA Event and re-erected as a community centre in Thinasonke. We are working in close collaboration with the Federation of the Urban Poor on this project.

All the women from (and residents of) Thinasonke are long-standing members of the Federation. This project has been funded by a range of generous sponsors, among them Lombard Insurance Group, Basil Read (PTY) LTD, Business and Arts South Africa, E-Lite, SIPS Industries and many more.

SPACE MATTERS - architecture and urbanism
Sarah Calburn and Dustin Tusnovics

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