Corobrik-sponsored SETA graduates ready to tackle next qualificationgeneral
Corobrik-sponsored SETA graduates ready to tackle next qualification
Samuel Pellissier of University of Free State’s travels inspire the winning Corobrik architectural regional awardevents
Exquisite new pieces on display at The Corobrik National Ceramics Biennalegeneral
Exquisite new pieces on display at The Corobrik National Ceramics Biennale
Innovative Use of Face Brick Creates New Identity for University Residencegeneral
Innovative Use of Face Brick Creates New Identity for University Residence
Corobrik officially opens the doors of its new Springs Centregeneral
Corobrik officially opens the doors of its new Springs Centre
Enchanting sounds hit the right note in Corobrik-sponsored amateur orchestrageneral
Enchanting sounds hit the right note in Corobrik-sponsored amateur orchestra
Corobrik pavers and face bricks bring warmth to renovated Boksburg Lakegeneral
Corobrik pavers and face bricks bring warmth to renovated Boksburg Lake
Corobrik’s face brick takes flight at Busamed Bram Fischer International Airport Hospitalgeneral
Corobrik’s face brick takes flight at Busamed Bram Fischer International Airport Hospital
Innovative designs emanate from Corobrik-sponsored Creative Bricklaying Workshopgeneral
Innovative designs emanate from Corobrik-sponsored Creative Bricklaying Workshop
Women in Architecture go ‘Beyond the Binary’general
Women in Architecture go ‘Beyond the Binary’
Corobrik’s striking new paving selectiongeneral
Corobrik’s striking new paving selection
Corobrik keeps up with the times with BIMgeneral
Corobrik keeps up with the times with BIM
Corobrik face bricks add to affordable education sector with opening of new Sky City School in Watervalspruitgeneral
Corobrik shows ubuntu spirit with latest donation to KwaMashu Christian Care Societygeneral
Corobrik shows ubuntu spirit with latest donation to KwaMashu Christian Care Society
Corobrik’s CoroJem Classic Blend Travertine face brick proves the right choice for affordable housing developmentgeneral
Corobrik presents its product qualities of Geolok and Terraforce Concrete Retaining Blocksgeneral
Corobrik presents its product qualities of Geolok and Terraforce Concrete Retaining Blocks
COROBRIK HELPS MAKE HISTORY AT THE NEW UMKHUMBANE MUSEUMgeneral
COROBRIK HELPS MAKE HISTORY AT THE NEW UMKHUMBANE MUSEUM
EIGHTH DIAMOND AWARD REFLECTS COROBRIK’S CONTINUED EXCELLENCEgeneral
EIGHTH DIAMOND AWARD REFLECTS COROBRIK’S CONTINUED EXCELLENCE
Corobrik sponsors masterclass which demonstrates a vision of an accessible, safe and thriving citygeneral
Corobrik sponsors masterclass which demonstrates a vision of an accessible, safe and thriving city
COROBRIK CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WAY IN SUSTAINABLE PRACTICESgeneral
COROBRIK CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WAY IN SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
Corobrik employees undergo a training programme to improve customer experiencegeneral
Corobrik employees undergo a training programme to improve customer experience
Renée Minnaar from the University of Pretoria wins the 31st Corobrik Architectural Awardsevents
Renée Minnaar from the University of Pretoria wins the 31st Corobrik Architectural Awards
Corobrik partners with local retailers to increase delivery to outlying areasgeneral
Corobrik partners with local retailers to increase delivery to outlying areas
A superb line up of finalists for Corobrik ’s thirty-first year of sponsorship of the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awardevents
Westbury Clinic’s healthy design nets international awardgeneral
Westbury Clinic’s healthy design nets international award
Fire-resistant Landscape Architecture dissertation earns UCT student top Corobrik Awardgeneral
Fire-resistant Landscape Architecture dissertation earns UCT student top Corobrik Award
Corobrik Conference rewards top employees for driving sales and productiongeneral
Corobrik Conference rewards top employees for driving sales and production
Margeaux Adams puts her name on the architectural mapevents
Margeaux Adams puts her name on the architectural map
Sustainability in building design has won Renée Minnaar of the University of Pretoria a place at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awardsevents
Corobrik’s Graphite pavers add to the modern Menlyn Learning Hubgeneral
Corobrik’s Graphite pavers add to the modern Menlyn Learning Hub
Innovation and an appreciation of South Africa’s cultural diversity stand out in The University of the Free State, Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awardsevents
Corobrik’s clay face brick chosen for superior thermal efficiencygeneral
Corobrik’s clay face brick chosen for superior thermal efficiency
Sustainable building is the focus at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awardsevents
Sustainable building is the focus at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Corobrik’s latest product range at the KZN Construction Expo 2018general
Corobrik’s latest product range at the KZN Construction Expo 2018
Sustainable construction is integral to superior design at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awardsevents
Double curving face brick wall in newly-constructed Constantia school hall is a first for South Africageneral
Tshwane University of Technology student maps the way into the architectural futureevents
Tshwane University of Technology student maps the way into the architectural future
COROBRIK SPONSOR THEIR 31st ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR COMPETITIONevents
COROBRIK SPONSOR THEIR 31st ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
Award winning young architects pave the way to the futureevents
Award winning young architects pave the way to the future
31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award steps into the futureevents
31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award steps into the future
Corobrik’s face bricks add complexity and appeal to captivating Pretoria homegeneral
Corobrik’s face bricks add complexity and appeal to captivating Pretoria home
The Devland Social Housing Development used durable clay face bricks manufactured by Corobrikgeneral
The Devland Social Housing Development used durable clay face bricks manufactured by Corobrik
Corobrik donates face bricks for construction of school kitchengeneral
Corobrik donates face bricks for construction of school kitchen
Corobrik opens modern Nelspruit Centregeneral
Corobrik opens modern Nelspruit Centre
Corobrik’s clay pavers create inspired walkways in Kliptown Public Environment Upgradegeneral
Corobrik’s clay pavers create inspired walkways in Kliptown Public Environment Upgrade
COROBRIK ADDS VALUE TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING MARKETgeneral
COROBRIK ADDS VALUE TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING MARKET
Striking red Corobrik face brick creates inspired design in new Century City developmentgeneral
Striking red Corobrik face brick creates inspired design in new Century City development
Corobrik’s bricklayer training programme empowers youthgeneral
Corobrik’s bricklayer training programme empowers youth
Facebrick makes for healthy living at the University of Zululandgeneral
Facebrick makes for healthy living at the University of Zululand
Corobrik chairman, Peter du Trevou, joined performers at 2017 BHCA 1820s amateur orchestra.general
Corobrik chairman, Peter du Trevou, joined performers at 2017 BHCA 1820s amateur orchestra.
Western Cape Government’s newest office building constructed with Corobrik face brick on track for 5-Star Green Star SA as-built ratinggeneral
Corobrik wins ‘Large Manufacturing’ category at KZN Top Business Awardsgeneral
Corobrik wins ‘Large Manufacturing’ category at KZN Top Business Awards
SANparks employees upskilled with paving traininggeneral
SANparks employees upskilled with paving training
Corobrik’s face brick meets sustainable needs of modern developmentgeneral
Corobrik’s face brick meets sustainable needs of modern development
Corobrik products enhance Nelspruit’s Riverside Office Park developmentgeneral
Corobrik products enhance Nelspruit’s Riverside Office Park development
Inspirational learning centre constructed using Corobrik’s face brick.general
Inspirational learning centre constructed using Corobrik’s face brick.
Corobrik welcomes new deputy managing director as part of growth plangeneral
Corobrik welcomes new deputy managing director as part of growth plan
Urban greenery initiative takes top prize in Corobrik’s Most Innovative Final Year Landscape Architecture Awardgeneral
Swellendam community upskilled through Corobrik bricklaying programmegeneral
Swellendam community upskilled through Corobrik bricklaying programme
Clay brick construction – supporting the green building imperativegeneral
Clay brick construction – supporting the green building imperative
Brick supplier Corobrik win Diamond Arrow Awardgeneral
Brick supplier Corobrik win Diamond Arrow Award
Jean-Pierre Desvaux De Marigny from the University of KwaZulu-Natal wins the 30th Corobrik Architectural Awardsevents
Corobrik face brick creates inspirational 01 on Mutual inner city buildinggeneral
Corobrik face brick creates inspirational 01 on Mutual inner city building
Katherine Dewar’s focus on innovation and an appreciation of South Africa’s cultural diversity has won her a place in the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awardsevents
Innovation blends with sustainability, social awareness and technical excellence in 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awardsevents
Learnership programme enriches the life of disabled peoplegeneral
Learnership programme enriches the life of disabled people
Corobrik contributes to Inner City rejuvenationgeneral
Corobrik contributes to Inner City rejuvenation
Corobrik face brick creates homely Centurion retirement villagegeneral
Corobrik face brick creates homely Centurion retirement village
Creative use of Corobrik’s product enhances Vredenburg high schoolgeneral
Creative use of Corobrik’s product enhances Vredenburg high school
Darren Sampson’s innovation and technical skill resulted in his award at the University of Johannesburg regional eventevents
Corobrik face bricks combine to create attractive housing developmentgeneral
Corobrik face bricks combine to create attractive housing development
A heritage portal created on the ruins of Westfort, a fort originally protecting the west of Pretoria, wins the University of Pretoria regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award.events
Lana Bramley wins the University of the Free State regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awardsevents
A community food production facility in Alexandra wins the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Regional Award.events
Corobrik’s face brick creates neat, uncomplicated look for 01 on Lunar developmentenvironment, general
Corobrik’s face brick creates neat, uncomplicated look for 01 on Lunar development
Mario van Wyk to represent Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University at the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year eventevents
Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers enhance the green aspects of Menlyn Maine Central Squaregeneral
Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers enhance the green aspects of Menlyn Maine Central Square
Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers assimilate Sol Plaatje University with city of Kimberleygeneral
Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers assimilate Sol Plaatje University with city of Kimberley
Ethekwini Municipality and Corobrik host a graduation ceremonygeneral
Ethekwini Municipality and Corobrik host a graduation ceremony
Corobrik’s quality product used for Pietermaritzburg social housing projectgeneral
Corobrik’s quality product used for Pietermaritzburg social housing project
Corobrik supports Johannesburg Municipality Police Department’s cycle team.general
Corobrik helps cycling team.
Corobrik generously donates to local social development project, ‘Phoenix Child Welfare’ among othersgeneral
Ubuntu Community Chest and Corobrik have a twenty-year relationship.
Landscaping technology students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Construction Week receive a hands-on learning experiencegeneral
Corobrik train landscape technology students.
A brick and mortar tribute to culture at Affiesgeneral
Face bricks laid upright represent the members of the Affies choir at the new music centre.
South Africa’s top architects are honoured at national architectural awardsgeneral
Exceptional architectural design recognised by the SA Institute for Architecture.
Bricks for all Seasonsgeneral
“What do you want, brick?” ….this is a question which has gained legendary status within architectural circles
Corobrik bricklaying training schools upskill construction workersgeneral
Corobrik help people obtain bricklaying skills.
New Majuba FET College campus sets a new standardgeneral
The youth in KwaZulu-Natal enjoy educational facilities at the new Majuba FET college in Dundee.
Corobrik receives award for 40-year sponsorship of KZN architectural journalgeneral
Corobrik receive commendation for support to architects
Corobrik’s new 3D Visualiser gives architects the full picturegeneral
Corobrik 3D Visualiser to assist architects and specifiers
Corobrik provides quality bricks and training for Pretoria’s Thembelihle Villagegeneral
Social housing project in Pretoria uses maintenance free Corobrik Montana Light face bricks.
A total of 612 000 Corobrik Moroccan Red Travertine face bricks were used in the construction of Royal School Alberton in Cosmopolitan Projects’ Leopard’s Rest housing development in Albertsdalgeneral
The new Royal School Alberton defined by brick
A mixture of Corobrik’s facebrick and paver range has been used in the construction of the vibrant Century City Square, a R1 billion project of mixed-use development that forms the heart of the Bridgeway Precinct in Cape Town.general
Corobrik’s facebrick gives Century City Square a modern, natural look
Vedhant Maharaj wins the 2015 Corobrik Architectural Awardsevents
Vedhant Maharaj from The University of the Witwatersrand became the 29th architectural student to take first prize at the Corobrik Architectural Awards in Johannesburg last night.
Corobrik’s face brick range enhances the environmental benefits of iconic Agrivaal buildinggeneral
Firelight satin facebricks enhance iconic Tshwane building.
Students benefit from the annual CPUT-Corobrik Construction Weekgeneral
Corobrik train landscape students in the process of hard landscaping.
Corobrik’s high-quality pavers form integral part of Tembisa’s renewal programmecommunity
A million Corobrik Champagne PA clay pavers have been arranged in a Herringbone pattern along Tembisa’s sidewalks.
Corobrik installs quality-enhancing robotic technology at Lawley Factorygeneral
Robotics installed at the Corobrik Lawley factory will allow flexibility in production as it can run out of Eskom peak tariff hours.
Student’s winning architectural design proposes diverse high streets in low income areasgeneral
Architectural student proposes Delft in the Western Cape the site for FET college to reinforce town high street and facility diversity.
Corobrik’s face brick range enhances the environmental benefits of iconic Agrivaal buildinggeneral
Firelight satin facebricks enhance iconic Tshwane building.
Corobrik Most Innovative Landscape Architecture Award recognises the value of tactical urbanism in South Africaevents
A board game that shows just how various measures that fall within “tactical urbanism” can address spatial inequality
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s top student’s thesis offers a solution to revitalise the decaying Boet Erasmus Stadium in Port Elizabeth.events
A biological water treatment and research facility is proposed to revitalise decay.
Innovation and an appreciation of South Africa’s cultural diversity stand out in 29th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Regional Awardsevents
A new use for the Johannesburg Observatory site.
Najeeba Hassim of the University of KwaZulu-Natal is the regional finalist for 29th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awardsevents
An environmental research facility in KwaZulu-Natal to address threatened natural resources
Innovation blends with sustainability, social awareness and technical excellence in 29th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Regional Awardsevents
An environmental research facility for the Karoo’s fossil heritage.
University of Free State winner Nilene van Niekerk used Freedom of Expression Forum on Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg for her winning architectural thesis at the 29th Corobrik architectural student of the year regional awardsevents
Freedom of expression is Nilene van Niekerk’s passion.
Social awareness and technical excellence and innovation blends with sustainability in 29th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Regional Awardsevents
A reforestation and timber mill project to rejuvenate the Nasrec Precinct.
University of Witwatersrand winners incorporate water purification, cremation, transport logistics and a youth centre into the winning thesis entries for the 29th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awardsevents
A water purification infrastructure for the hazardously polluted River Ganga in India
University of Cape Town architectural student Matthew Mills wins regional finals of Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year.events
A thesis that addresses social, economic and environmental issues that exist within the industrial landscape.
Corobrik views affordable housing market as a key component in 2016general
Investments in social infrastructure are key to positive prospects
SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP THESIS STUDENTS FOR 2015 TO COMPETE AT THE 29TH COROBRIK ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEARevents
Top architectural students to compete for prestigious award.
Corobrik factories awarded more quality assurance systemsgeneral
Corobrik has once again proved itself as a leader in quality assurance and sustainable environmental practices with the further attainment of a number of world-class operating standards at several...
Building a career one brick at a timegeneral
Musa Shangase believes in the soundness of bricks and mortar.
Swellendam Primary Schoolgeneral
New Swellendam primary school is set to excite
Lansdowne Centre Openinggeneral
Corobrik’s Lansdowne Centre moves to new premises
New house gives new hope to Polokwane familygeneral
Corobrik House Donation in Polokwane
Traditional rondavels receive face brick skingeneral
Corobrik’s face brick layer improves sustainability and quality of traditional rondavels
Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Pavinggeneral
Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company completes refurbishment after donation of top-quality Corobrik pavers
A modern tributegeneral
At the Afrikaans Boys' High School in Pretoria, a public high school for boys situated in the city affably known as Affies, a new ground level canteen and upstairs computer room were required....
Corobrik Builds Up Social Housing in eThekwinigeneral
Prudent sourcing and selection of building materials and fittings and fixtures has delivered Lakehaven Phase 11- a ground breaking social housing project that will definitely raise the bar in this...
After joining Corobrik as National Commercial Manager in July 2013, Musa Shangase has been appointed Commercial Director from 1 January 2014.He joined Corobrik bringing with him his considerable...
Face brick elevates new Pretoria affordable housing developmentenvironment
Platinum Manor, a new Central Development Projects, affordable housing scheme recently completed in Chantelle Pretoria, features 2.37 million Corobrik Moroccan Red Travertine face bricks.
Corobrik constructs R1.5m classroom block and ablution facilities for Gauteng schoolcommunity
Pupils at Inkululeko Yesizwe Primary School in Vlakfontein near Lawley, Gauteng, are relishing using the school's first brick and mortar classroom block and ablution facilities which were...
Mix of old and new brickwork revitalises landmark Lion Match Factorygeneral
Sitting aside Kings Park Stadium and near the iconic Moses Mabhida
ARCHITECTS LEAVE A LEGACY AT THE 28TH COROBRIK ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT AWARDSevents
University of Johannesburg student, Harold Johnson, is Corobrik’s 28th Architectural Student of the Year.
SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE BUILDINGS - ABTs FOUND WANTINGgeneral
Clay brick wall construction is long proven as the common denominator when providing truly sustainable, superior performing infrastructure across South Africa at the lowest lifetime cost.
Corobrik is rated best brick supplier in SA for the fourth consecutive yeargeneral
PMR.africa presented the Diamond Arrow Award to Corobrik for the fourth year running for achieving the highest score in its annual national survey on brick suppliers to the South African construction...
Build the perfect pizza oven with Corobrikdiy
Follow this simple video guide to building your own pizza oven by Corobrik, South Africa's leading brick manufacturer, and go from D.I.Y. to delicious in no time at all.
Corobrik Helps Build Landmark Western Cape Schoolcommunity
Corobrik and the architectural team from Revel Fox & Partners Architects and Planners who designed the Bongolethu Primary School in Philippi in Cape Town agree on one thing using the simplest means...
Earthy Corobrik face brick enhances new University of Zululand lecture theatre blockcommunity
More than 222 000 Bergendal Satin Blend face bricks from Corobrik's Witbank factory were used to build the new R40 million lecture theatre block at the University of Zululand (Unizulu) which students...
Corobrik awards exceptional employee performance at annual Conferenceevents
Consistent teamwork by employees dedicated to selling a quality product to satisfied customers. This was revealed as the winning formula at this year’s Corobrik Conference where a number of...
Solution for clay bricksdiy
Many homeowners have questions about clay bricks. Some of the experts at Corobrik provide answers.
Corobrik Helps Pave the Way for Tertiary Education in Kimberleycommunity
A blend of 100 000 nutmeg piazza and onyx pavers used to create an iconic public square that forms part of the first phase of the new Sol Plaatjie University development in Kimberley, has seen...
Corobrik Clay Pavers used for Secunda Mall pavingenvironment
Tasked with designing the paving of Mpumalanga's new Secunda Mall development, Insite Landscape Architects in Centurion, opted for a 'simplistic but not simple' look. They immediately...
Meet the new Corobrik Centre area sales managergeneral
His comprehensive understanding of building products; keen eye for detail and quality customer service are just some of the reasons Corobrik's Indren Munsamy will be heading up the team at...
Corobrik Inspires Landscape Architects to Rejuvenate Tired Urban Spacesevents
In the past, Woodstock used to be a conveniently forgotten area between two bustling highways leading out of Cape Town. Once a vibrant business district, it was caught in a steady downward spiral...
SOUTH AFRICA'S TOP THESIS STUDENTS FOR 2014 TO COMPETE AT THE 28TH COROBRIK ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR NATIONAL AWARD UNVEILEDevents
The annual Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award is the country's premier event to highlight the creative and technical talent of the cream of South Africa's architectural...
eThekwini Municipality leads the way with sustainable buildingsenvironment
The eThekwini municipality leads by example when it comes to state-of-the-art green building as demonstrated by the eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) Customer Service centre in KE Masinga Avenue,...
Corobrik face brick enhances design of Port Elizabeth's Helenvale Resource Centregeneral
Quality building materials and good design should not be restricted to high profile buildings. Even greater thought needs to be put into facilities that serve those that need them most - in this case...
Corobrik Paves the Way for CPUT Studentscommunity
600 Corobrik pavers, 300 clay bricks, ornamental gravel and a selection of planting materials were all that was needed for 80 Landscape Technology students at the Cape University of Technology (CPUT)...
Clay Brick in house construction simply supremegeneral
Research findings in the USA, Australia and South Africa continue to compound endorsing clay brick constructions pre-eminent status for sustainable house construction in South Africa.
Walkways enhance upmarket estategeneral
Conceptualised and developed to provide a quality lifestyle in a secure and natural environment, Dainfern Valley Estate is one of the most sought-after areas to own a home in the entire...
Build your own braai with Corobrikdiy
South Africans love braaing. And thanks to Corobrik's easy step-by-step D.I.Y. video guide to building your own braai, you won't have to be a master builder to be a braai master.
Corobrik secures specification of double skin clay brick for Kimberley RDP housingcommunity
Corobrik has secured the specification of double skin brickwork for 500 RDP houses at the Lindelani Youth Build Project in Kimberley and commenced supplies for first phase of 153 houses under...
Corobrik's Most Innovative Final Year Landscape Architecture Award Bridges the Formal and Informal Sectorsevents
"We are Europe," an elder in an informal settlement told University of Cape Town (UCT) architectural student, Amy Thompson, during her extensive research for a thesis that won this...
Corobrik's Firelight Satin Unites Old and New at Umhlanga Collegegeneral
Umhlanga College a state-of-the-art learning facility - is a perfect example of a blend of old and new and testament to the fact that Corobrik products are timeless. The school, opened its doors in...
THE USE OF CLAY FACE MASONRY IS ON THE MARCH IN NORTHERN KZNcommunity
In the early 2013 and following an assessment of the lifecycle performance of low cost housing projects in Bergville, Glencoe and Ladysmith built of Corobrik's Coro Maxi 140 face bricks some 20 years...
Western Cape scoops six awards at annual Corobrik business conferenceevents
Corobrik's Western Cape region scooped six awards at the company's national business conference which was held in the Drakensberg from 25 to 27 July. Dawid Norris won the award for sales manager of...
Clay brick, Simply Splendid!gallery
A panel of broad vivid yellow, orange, green and white stripes at the front entrance is the only clue that Heideveld Primary School in Heideveld, Western Cape is not your average government learning...
Corobrik-SAIA Awards celebrate architectural excellenceevents
The cream of South Africa's architectural talent was acknowledged for their talent and skill at the 2013/14 Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Excellence and Merit at a gala dinner at the ICC Durban on 1...
Corobrik drives affordable sustainable housing solution for students at Onderstepoort campuscommunity
Established in 1920, the University of Pretoria's Faculty of Veterinary Science is the second-oldest in Africa, and is still the only faculty of its kind in South Africa. Situated in...
Corobrik opens its Ballito Centreenvironment
Anyone looking to build, whether it be a home, warehouses, offices or plan an extension or renovate will soon have access to hands-on building expertise and a range of quality bricks and paving as...
New Denis Hurley Centre built to serve the community for years to comecommunity
The heart of Warwick Junction is beating with new life in the form of the recently constructed community building, Denis Hurley Centre. Replacing the demolished 106-year-old parish centre which sits...
Corobrik Helps Deliver Sustainability at Little Manhattangeneral
Corobrik has supplied 2,4 million Moroccan Red travertine face bricks for construction of the award winning Little Manhattan apartment complex. Ockert van Heerden, Corobrik Director of Sales said...
Corobrik's clay face brick firewall saves warehouse from infernogeneral
A firewall constructed of Corobrik's clay face bricks protected a warehouse from being consumed by a devastating industrial fire. In the early hours of 26 March, a fire broke out at the Sun Oil...
BEAUTIFICATION OF TEMBISA SIDEWALKSgeneral
More than 400 million people in Africa live in urban areas and because of high rural to urban migration rates the number of people living in urban areas will increase from 62% to 70% by the year...
Transforming the affordable housing landscape brick by brickcommunity
As government's belief in the benefits of clay brick construction for affordable housing becomes increasingly evident, Corobrik's support for this new direction was cemented with the donation of two...
Top women architects win national awards Celebrating award-winning women in architectureevents
Four women have been honoured in the 2013/14 Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Excellence presented by Corobrik and the South African Institute for Architects (SAIA) at a gala dinner in Durban on 1 August....
Heidi van Eeden’s restoration of a 21st century textile mill earns her the accolade as the 27th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year.events
The University of Pretoria student received first prize with her thesis entitled Machinarium: Architecture as a living machine at the prestigious annual event held on 9 April 2014.
Corobrik proud to manufacture clay bricks for sustainable buildings and a proper infrastructure in South Africa.environment
While the solid all round performance and life-time value that clay brick brings to infrastructure buildings remains unparalleled; local and international comparative research continues to compound...
Women in Architecture go ‘Beyond the Binary’
Women in Architecture go ‘Beyond the Binary’
As architects, women can be agents for change both in the workplace and in the way they approach designing the future built environment.
This was the consensus at the Corobrik sponsored 2018 Women in Architecture Workshop which brought together professionals in the architectural, property and social science spaces on August 24.
Ostensibly a celebration of women’s month, the theme for the event - Beyond the Binary – took the ensuing discussions to a whole new level when compared with previous years’ events.
Noting that the twenty first century had seen a groundswell in the gender revolution, with a greater awareness that gender and sexuality are fluid, both speakers and panelists explored and unpacked this international movement and debated everything from women’s roles in the South African property sector to how a collaboration of professionals needed to challenge stereotypes and binary thinking patterns in order to change the design legacy of the future.
Dirk Meyer, CEO of Corobrik opened the proceedings, welcoming all delegates. He thanked the architects for their support for Corobrik and invited them to look at the new bricks and pavers that would be part of the practical element of the day when the ladies would be taught how to lay a brick wall and to lay clay paving.
Karen Petersen, Tongaat Hulett Development’s first female director who is responsible for strategy and business development and also a member of the Women’s Property Network, highlighted the need for transformation in the property sector, addressing gender inequalities whilst also motivating her fellow professionals to build their confidence as leaders.
Professor Monique Marks, social worker and head of the Urban Futures Centre at the Durban University of Technology, shared her own story and work with drug users in the city to urge her listeners to challenge gender and other stereotypes.
Regional executive for ABSA Private bank in KZN, Tozi Mthethwa, pledged support for the growth of women in architecture, while cultural / inter-disciplinary researcher, Russell Hlongwane, explored issues around black identity in the contemporary world via poetry and a thought provoking audio visual presentation that led seamlessly into a fascinating panel discussion.
Part one saw panelists reflecting on the notion of binaries and the importance of challenging them. During part two, they outlined how binaries had become spatially entrenched and looked at aspects that needed to be considered in a more inclusive built environment.
Panel chair and psychologist, Kerry Frizelle, noted that people are primed to think in this way from infancy but that this had implications for relationships. Training one’s brain to think beyond binaries created a dialogue and potentially rich creative tension between the emotional and rational.
Retired head of department and lecturer in architecture at the DUT, Wouter Gildenhuys, reflected on challenging divisions throughout his academic career, noting that there was a need for a more multi-disciplinary approach to urban design and town planning.
Senior architectural technologist, Senzekile Mlambo emphasized that it was important for architects to interact with end users and other professionals to sensitise themselves to their needs. “We need to understand what others are facing. Architects and urban planners can and do solve social problems and it starts with us in this room,” she said.
Professional architect, Linda Danisa, also targeted gender and racial divisions. “We need to make sure that the spaces that we create don’t leave traces of our ignorance,” she warned.
Hlongwane pointed out that a western approach to architecture accentuated “otherness” and noted that current architectural design was a symbol of opulence and “a luxury rather than a process of creating justice”.
Much of the debate from the floor centred on the work of Prof Marks and designing urban spaces that not only catered for the “invisible” marginalized people currently residing in harsh environments but gave them dignity.
The real challenge, she noted, was to engage those who were excluded and vulnerable and to stop the boundaries between people from being so stark through and inclusive rather than an exclusive design process.
In closing, Joanne Lees reiterated that although architects saw themselves as experts in their fields, they needed to communicate with other disciplines to tackle broader social issues.
“We need to talk. This challenges us as a profession,” she observed.
The day’s proceedings culminated in a Creative Bricklaying Workshop with participants decked out in site clothes, protective shoes, and gloves participating in the largely ‘male’ activity of building walls and creative paving patterns under the watchful eye of Corobrik’s master bricklayer and trainer, Derek Dimba.
The day closed with the opening of an exhibition of the work of 14 practicing women in KZN by Janina Masojada.
Nina Saunders announced two bursaries: the Corobrik Bursary to DUT student Rohini Singh and the ABSA Bursary to UKZN student Hlengiwe Ngubane.
The Women in Architecture Collective who organised the 2018 event comprised Karuni Naidoo, Mandisa Daki, Monique Gillespie, Nina Saunders, Nondumiso Mngomezulu, Karen Major, Cristina Giampietri, Senzekile Mlambo and Joanne Lees.
Pictured at the event are:
WIA 4 The Beyond the Binary panel discussion members were Senzekile Mlambo, Russel Hlongwane, Prof. Monique Marks, Linda Danisa, Kerry Frizelle (Facilitator) and Wouter Gildenhuys .