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South African Urban firm wins coveted international Industry award

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PRETORIA – A South African Urban Design firm has just won what is arguably the most prestigious Industry Award in the world.

This weekend, the Congress of New Urbanism (CNU), based in Washington DC, has awarded NEW URBAN Architects and Urban Designers with the “CNU Charter Student Merit Award” for its book AFRICA DRAWN: One Hundred Cities.

Since 2002, CNU’s annual Charter Awards have recognized outstanding achievements in architectural, landscape, and urban design and planning worldwide. Regarded as the pre-eminent award for excellence in urban design, the CNU Charter Awards honors a select number of winners—including student winners. Winning projects represent major contributions to building more equitable, sustainable, connected, healthy, and prosperous communities.

AFRICA DRAWN: One Hundred Cities is a hard-cover collectable, co-authored by experts in new urbanism Gary White,‎ Marguerite Pienaar and‎ Bouwer Serfontein.

The book presents one hundred of the most connected and important cities of the continent – a visual feast of three hundred images and masterfully drawn plans illustrates contemporary and historical place-making actions in Africa.

The result is simultaneously an artistic and visually fascinating documentation of African urban space and a convincing analysis of its structure and morphology, thus providing a spatial point of departure for all interested parties.

The drawings are accompanied by introductory texts and, for the first time, render possible a comparison of the diverse urban form on the continent. The study attempts to provide an indispensable resource of spatial and figure ground patterns in the context of urban space in Africa

It is the fourth time that NEW URBAN, with offices in Pretoria, Cape Town and Stuttgart in Germany received a CNU award.

The jury for this year’s Awards is chaired by Maurice Cox and Jennifer Hurley, Directors of Planning and Development and Principal at Hurley-Franks & Associates respectively. The remaining jury members are: Antonio Fiol-Silva, Founding Principal at Sitio Architecture and Urbanism; Susan Henderson, Director of Coding and Design at Placemakers; Anne-Marie Lubenau, Director of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence; Elizabeth Mossop, Dean of the School of Design at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and Russell Preston, Founder and Director at Principle Group.

African Drawn was a team effort between Gary White and Associates, Holm Jordaan Architects and Urban Designers and the Urban Research Group at the University of Pretoria (UP). Holm Jordaan and Gary White and Associates have since amalgamated to form NEW URBAN, a new firm with a collective experience of 80 years.

Says Bouwer Serfontein, one of the authors of Africa Drawn: One Hundred Cities and a Director at NEW URBAN, “We are delighted that this body of knowledge is recognised in this manner. This Publication and Award are a testimony to the fact hat students and professionals are unifed and inspire by a single and common goal – collating and sharing further knowledge about the African City.”

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MultiChoice Uganda premieres two short films

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Multi choice Uganda last week on Friday premiered two short films.  The two films, “Promise” and “Ensulo” were premiered at the multi choice head offices in Kololo. Each of the one hour films were created in Kenya and will be showing on DSTV, Pearl Magic channel 161.

According to Joan Semanda, PR and communications MultiChoice said the premier of the two short films were in line with both DSTV and GO TV showing support for the Uganda film industry. “WE also encourage young students with passion in film making as either film directors or actors to pursue career as we are here to support them.”

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Comedian Reign too close with upcoming singer Vilani

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It looks like there’s something cooking between talented comedian Reign- of the Maulana and Reign duo and upcoming female singer Vilani.

Word reaching our desk indicates the two, Reign and Vilani, have been inseperable the last few weeks.

We hear the two spend most of their time together. However it’s unclear what their business could be. Unconfirmed reports reveal the two could be an item. However another source says the two have a business deal they have been working on together.We wonder what deal it could be considering they are in different entertainment fields. Ever since she joined the industry, new star Vilani, better known as ‘The Sweet Malaika gal’ has always made a fashion statement which has attracted men.With her sweet melodious and tempting voice, Vilani proved by her song, Sweet Malaika, that she has all it takes to have men dying for a piece of her. Reign could be one of them.

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What You Missed At the DJ Ciza House & Barbecue Party

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Last Saturday, one of Kampala’s finest DJS, DJ Ciza hosted his famous house party that attracted a section of Kampala party animals. The DJ Ciza house Party took place at an exclusive crib along Kyambogo Road Ntinda.

Also called the real crowd pleaza, Ciza hosted his fans, artistes and fellow DJs to an all you can eat party where guests eat until they could eat no more.

He was also supported by fellow DJs like Naselow, DJ Nyowe, Selector Jay, DJ LL and artistes like Cosign, Mugaba and JWats among others.

The party started at around 6pm and went on till 3am.

DJ Ciza is a versatile DJ that has marked his place in the industry. He has played at both small and big stages. He currently plays at Radiocity and hosts weekly nights including but not limited to Jamrock Thursday’s at Valhalla, vibe up Friday’s at H20 Kololo among others.

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