In 2016, the second *Emerge Competition was launched. Students were called to participate in the theme, ‘Rising Youth’, to confront pertinent issues faced by the youth in Zimbabwe today.
The brief identified the high unemployment and under-employment rates amongst the youth, the need for strategic partnerships and spaces for our youth to acquire the work experience and skills necessary to keep driving our economy and to interact with like-minded peers and mentors. The students were asked to address these issues through a proposal that rethinks the traditional youth centre typology and to portray their new visions for a Youth and Entrepreneurship Centre.
The Youth and Entrepreneurship Centre aims to enhance the youth’s economic participation by providing incubation spaces that offer skills and mentorship programs. This centre will integrate business incubation, skills training and social interaction in a safe and secure environment. It will be animated by the activity and opportunity offered in the spaces with a dynamic landscape that reflects the vibrancy of such a centre. Such a space would be vital in addressing the socio-economic problems that plague our country.
Jury’s General Comments
The body of work received displayed passion, skill and optimism that excited the judges. It was interesting to see the diverse responses to the brief. Most of the projects had a sustainable undertone but care is to be taken in the implementation of these sustainable techniques and in material use so that it works with the building structure and concept.
The future of these young Zimbabwean architects is promising and we thank all the students that took time to create inspiring projects that our country needs.
Winner: Verney Moyo ‘The Nest’. (University of Witswatersrand)
Second Place – Tichaona Owen Gondo – ‘Grand Reef’. (National University of Science and Technology)
Third Place – Proud Dube – ‘Endaweni’. (Limkokwing University, Botswana)
Highly Commended- Mthokozisi Orlence Sibanda ‘Plumtree Repurpose’. Bulawayo Polytechnic
Congratulations to our winners!
Emerge would like to thank all the students who participated in the 2016 ‘Rising Youth’ competition as well as the judges; Henry Abosi, Yuki Kamiya, Prof. John Knight and Ruvimbo Moyo for their dedication and support.
Many thanks to our sponsors; the Rotary Club of Claremont, RM Design Studio, Povo Afrika Trust, Tappnology, BeFront Magazine, SustainZim, Build Construct and Bora Growth Partners for their commitment to the competition.