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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

by , 03/13/14
filed under: Architecture, Film, Interviews

sustainable architecture, built environment, renderings, film, environmental awareness, South Africa, digital divide, information systems, eco-architecture, vertical farms, urban environment

Inhabitat: At the same time, there appears to be a very tangible shift towards a more sustainable future. In what way is South Africa progressing in your view?

Guy: Designers, thinkers and planners are starting to come together to make changes and plan for the future. We are slowly seeing a consciousness of sustainable building methods and new technologies for the production and consumption of energy. South Africa has great potential to become the leading advocate for a sustainable Africa; awareness of this is slowly emerging.

Inhabitat: We are very curious to have a sneak preview of your ongoing or upcoming projects… care to share?

Guy: I am talking to an incredible group of thinkers and do-ers in the UK and USA that are spearheading a rapid movement toward sustainable urban agriculture. Emmanuel Pratt, a PhD student based out of Chicago, is co-coordinating an initiative inspired by vertical farming concepts and the urban farming projects by Will Allen (USA) and Charlie Price (UK). Its very exciting to think about reinventing or retrofitting old buildings and factories to produce organic food and natural consumables for the urban context. I’m also working locally on residential architecture.

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