RUAN JANSEN VAN RENSBURG TUT 2018 COROBRIK WINNER WILL REPRESENT US AT THE NATIONAL COROBRIK AWARDS 2019

Ruan Jansen van Rensburg grew up in Pretoria and went to Die Hoërskool Menlo Park. He has always enjoyed being active and outdoors and enjoys photography as a hobby. Ruan was also the elected class representative for the final year of the structured master’s programme at the TUT Architecture Department in 2018. He was selected as the Department’s 2018 Corobrik Winner and will go on to represent us at the National Corobrik Awards in 2019.

The award for the Department’s corobrik project is assigned to a project that has obtained a minimum of a distinction and must address the socio-economic realities of South Africa and produce an architecture that is highly competent and addresses complex requirements of the profession and the academy; it must be of high national and global relevance in terms of the selected theme and site.

His project was the DESIGN OF AN INNOVATION FARM at Eerste Fabrieke, Mamelodi, Pretoria in South Africa. This experiential facility aimed to use Cannabis plants as an alternative resource with a specific focus on building materials.

Ruan’s project proposes an innovation farm adjacent to the Eerste Fabrieke train station in Mamelodi. It attempts to contribute responsibly to the dilapidated socio-economic structures and provides the community with educational platforms to strengthen self-sufficiency while contributing to the micro-economy of the area.

The investigation deals with two core ideas and the Innovation farm mediates between them. On the one side, the project investigates Mamelodi, specifically Eerste fabrieke station and its surrounding neighborhoods as an experimental site for this study, and on the other side, the positive attributes of Cannabis plants, specifically cannabis sativa (Industrial hemp), as an accessible and affordable alternative resource and as a construction material in an underdeveloped context is considered.