Awards & Competitions - in Africa

CPDI Africa Awards 2017

Status: Open

Registration and Project Submission Deadline: Closes August 1st, 2017

Cost: $45 theEarlyBirth, which ends on Decemer 31st, 2016 / $60 until August 1st, 2017.

Language: English

Location: Africa

Prizes: $10,000 in cash prizes, and will be divided similarly amongst placed winners

Type: CPDI Africa is open to participants from all of the world, and does not discriminate by race, creed, ethnicity or religion. Participants are encouraged to build multicultural / multinational teams in order to harness a multiplicity of creative ideas.

 

About the Community Planning & Design Initiative Africa (CPDI Africa)

CPDI Africa is a culture-inspired, research-based, design-build competition, created to inspire the development of successful neighborhoods and communities on the continent, with modern African architecture that is both culturally and environmentally sustainable. Believing that the redevelopment of Africa’s built environment should be as it has always been, built as a collaborative effort between the community members and designated master builders, CDPI Africa engages participation from the design community in Africa and the Diaspora at large, for the accomplishment of its vision.

What Africa will you build…

…if given the opportunity to redevelop Africa’s built environment in her own identity? Participants in the CPDI Africa design-build competition will:

  1. Conduct research into the cultural history of African architecture.
  2. Understand the impact of lifestyle and how social philosophy and activities were (and still are practiced) in space utilization and location within the home, family compound and community.
  3. Explore the aesthetics or architecture and the artistic languages of the various ethnicities.
  4. Understand the reasons why particular materials and building techniques were preferred and utilized across the Continent. Identify those traditional elements of design that still have value, and are relevant in today’s architecture.
  5. Harmonize these traditional design elements with features from contemporary architectural practices, paying special attention to sustainability, availability and affordability of local materials.
  6. Through this design process, collaborating architects, artists and engineers will create stimulating Successful Design Prototypes, used to build culturally sound and sustainable neighborhoods and cities!

How it works

CPDI Africa works through annual design competitions, where students and practitioners in the global design community develop residential prototypes, guided by a ‘kit of parts’ database of African architectural elements.

The last competition consisted of 25 winners and four of the designs are being built in Nigeria now. This year, CPDI Africa encourages even more to participate in the competition, giving architects a voice in the discourse of contemporary architecture.

The competition is held every two years. The year the competition is not held, we do the travelling exhibits and lectures showcasing the submissions at different schools and venues. CPDI Africa has travelled within the United States, Germany and Nigeria.


Juror

A panel of distinguished Jurors, consisting of well renowned architects, Africanists, artists, urban planners and engineers, will select wining designs for the CPDI Annual design-build events in Africa, the other 22 selections for the travelling exhibit, and for the publication of our annual design compendium.

CPDI-Jurors for the 2017 competition

Prize

Designers who create winning prototypes that best fit interpretations of modern African architecture, will receive cash prizes, design recognition and also participate in the design-build trips to the various featured African countries. They will receive special recognition during the CPDI Africa Annual Awards Ceremony, hosted and attended by our Partner Organizations, Sponsors, the Press, special guests and supporting public! All designers will participate in feature ‘Art of African Architecture’ exhibitions and documentary films.

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Courtesy of CPDI Africa

 


The Winner of the last Edition CPDI Africa 2015 Popular Vote / Art of African Architecture Exhibition : ‘THE OMO HOUSE”, by Roman Gorshkov, Architect:

We at CPDI Africa wish to Congratulate Mr. Roman Gorshkov on wining The Art of African Architecture Exhibition Popular Vote Award! Mr. Gorshkov won the highest number of audience votes during our traveling exhibition, for The OMO House – his contemporary rendition of Ethiopian inspired architecture. We look forward to more African Inspired Masterpieces from Mr. Gorshkov at CPDI Africa!!

CPDI Africa Awards - omo
Image Courtesy of CPDI Africa

We at CPDI Africa wish to Congratulate Mr. Roman Gorshkov on wining The Art of African Architecture Exhibition Popular Vote Award! Mr. Gorshkov won the highest number of audience votes during our traveling exhibition, for The OMO House – his contemporary rendition of Ethiopian inspired architecture. We look forward to more African Inspired Masterpieces from Mr. Gorshkov at CPDI Africa!!


The Winner of the last Edition CPDI Africa 2015 Popular Vote / Social Media Campaign: “THE SAKHILE” , by Nicole Nomsa Moyo, Architect:

CPDI Africa Awards - sakhile
Image Courtesy of CPDI Africa

We at CPDI Africa wish to Congratulate Ms. Nicole Nomsa Moyo on wining the CPDI Africa Social Media Campaign Popular Vote Award! Ms. Moyo captured the highest social media votes for The SAKHILE, her contemporary rendition of South African residential design. We look forward to more African Architecture Inspired Masterpieces from Ms. Moyo in at CPDI Africa!


The Winners of the last Edition  CPDI Africa 2015

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The INNA, by May Dao Le Hong 1st Place Winner! CPDI Africa 2015
“I was inspired by the amazing use of earth inn architecture throughout the African continent… the competition was an opportunity for me to tour the continent through architecture.”

CPDI Africa Awards - IFA
Image Courtesy of CPDI Africa

The IFA, by Edward Soto 2nd Place Winner! CPDI Africa 2015

“The inspiration to enter the CPDI Africa 2015 competition came from the desire to learn more about my own culture and my passion for modern architectural design.”

CPDI Africa Awards - TATA FU
Image Courtesy of CPDI Africa

The TATA FU, by Seni Dera 3rd Place Winner! CPDI Africa 2015

The Tata Fu prototype designed by Seni Dara, a young Beninoise architect concerned about the dvelopment of sustainable African architecture,  is inspired by the culture of the Tata people of Benin.


About the organizer

 

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Nmadili Okwumabua is the founder of CPDI Africa. Okwumabua is an urban planner, African architecture historian, licensed Realtor in the state of Georgia and Certified Property Manager with Broll CBRE South Africa. In 2005, she founded Southern Sahara USA, a design consultancy service specializing in the research and development of new architecture, which she promotes through exhibitions and lectures. The fruits of these efforts gave birth in 2013 to the Community Planning & Design Initiative, Africa, (CPDI Africa). CPDI Africa hosts competitions every two years.

 


For further information

For further information about the Competition, please click here. 

For further information about the Members of the Juror, please click here. 

The top 25 entries in the CPDI Africa 2015 design competition are published along with their narratives in the Kennesaw University Faculty of Social Science Journal “ATL”. To read all the articles click here

 

 

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