A Call To Architects in South Africa
A Sustainably Built Science Leadership and Education Centre in the Kruger National Park
Deadline November 1, 2011
In South Africa, as in the rest of Africa, significant environmental challenges include skills shortages in civil society and local institutions, and a widespread struggle to interpret the basic tenets of biodiversity in locally relevant terms.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park (KNP) provides an opportunity for addressing this problem. Not only does it have an unprecedented institutional science base, but it also has a deep connection with abutting rural communities.
Issues relevant to the management of the KNP reflect many of the current scientific debates around communities and conservation, biodiversity, and climate change. Consequently it offers a unique training ground for a new breed of earth-system scientists.
The Nsasani Trust and its partners South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) are leading a new initiative that focuses on developing science leadership and capacity for South Africa.
This initiative requires the creation of an inspirational and sustainably-built learning space in the Kruger National Park. A flagship centre for the KNP, the facility must not only enhance science education and experiential learning opportunities, but must demonstrate to managers, tourists and students alike, the feasibility of low impact living by showcasing the ways in which design and materials can reduce our environmental footprint in all aspects of daily living.
There is no better place to ensure that our advances in human development are achieved while bearing nature in mind than in South Africa’s premier natural destination itself and it is on this premise that we seek expression of interest from all architectural and design firms for this unique opportunity.
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