An interactive environmental park in Jwaneng, Botswana was one of three Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize winners in Africa Middle East.Africa Middle East sustainable construction projects receive prizes in regional Holcim Awards » Pour en savoir plus (French) »
This ambitious project is distinguished by its proposal for a park that also serves as a community resource centre facilitating a variety of local economic development initiatives, cultural revitalization, as well as the conservation of natural bio-diversity. Highly convincing are the design philosophy and process which follow a logic of “systems-thinking” and demonstrate an acute awareness of the host context at socio-cultural and economic levels.
The premise of environmental as well as ecological conservation as the foundation of the proposed economic and cultural activities has been effectively substantiated in the design of the facility in terms of the buildings and the landscape. A significant contribution of the project will be in generating economic improvement for the region, which at the same time promises to stimulate a greater awareness of the benefit of community-driven initiatives such as this one across a larger audience.
A convincing feasibility study guided the design to ensure viability and a flexible model allowing future replacement of less fruitful enterprises by more successful ones. The park and buildings are skillfully integrated to produce a seamlessly integrated environment, one that enhances and puts to use the untapped capacities of the existing site.See more
This entry from southern Africa proposes noteworthy interactions of culture, society, and the natural environment in the plan for a new park. The park will serve as a community resource center that facilitates a variety of local economic development initiatives, cultural revitalization, as well as the conservation of natural biodiversity. The logic of systems thinking demonstrates an acute awareness of contextual needs at sociocultural and economic levels.
The premise of energy conservation is followed through in the design of the facilities as well as the landscape. In this regard, the proposal promises to bring about economic improvement for the region. It will also stimulate a greater awareness of the benefit of community-driven initiatives. A convincing feasibility study guided the planning process to ensure viability and flexibility. The park and buildings are skillfully integrated to produce a seamlessly integrated environment.Download project entry poster (PDF, 2.51 MB) »See more
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