Legacy Programmes

It is not often that such a unique opportunity presents itself for South Africa to establish a legacy for the future of architecture in the country and it has been decided that the following projects will be considered (based on the success of the Congress):


Public awareness of the value of architecture and responsible design in city development through organisations, educational institutions and the media.Promote architecture as a career through school initiatives and outreach programmes.


International Student Competition – showcasing the work of the next generation of architects as they engage one of Durban’s most exciting urban sites;Exhibitions and installations showcasing South Africa’s architectural achievements in the twenty years since Democracy;Placing Africa on the centre stage of global architectural debate through the Congress sessions and workshops, and communications campaign;


Using UIA 2014 Durban as a launch pad for urban regeneration projects within DurbanDocumentation – collecting and collating valuable literature and recordings on South African and African architecture for display and sale at the Congress;Open Architecture – this office-based learning system aims to assist architectural graduates who are seeking to become Professional Architects. Initially the program will address post-graduate architecture students, and will expand later into under-graduate studies. The study course is a part-time work-integrated program that is based on a three way agreement between the accredited learning site, the professional Architectural mentor in practice and the student.More than a report: For the first time, a UIA Congress is being thoroughly documented in electronic format. The intention is to hand over to future Congress Organisers a comprehensive ‘instruction manual’ on the processes that UIA2014 Durban has undergone in the years leading up to the Congress – thus passing on a valuable legacy of knowledge, experience and contacts.

"Durban is excited to host this significant architectural event, hosted for the first time in Sub-Saharan Africa. We welcome the dialogue around the creation of human settlements - in particular humane cities - and look forward to showcasing the initiatives our City has undertaken."

Deputy City Manager eThekwini Municipality

Economic Development & Planning

"Architectural legacy projects stemming from UIA 2014 Durban provide a glimpse of the enormous potential for investment in carefully crafted urban initiatives in eThekwini, which have a positive impact on lives and livelihoods. Architects are fulfilling their responsibility to create the environment for further success."

Deputy Head: City Architects eThekwini Municipality

Member of the Coordinating Council: UIA2014 Durban

Benefits to Society and the Environment

At this moment in time, more than half the world’s population is living in urban environments.

Major challenges facing communities and the environment – which are inextricably linked – are resource scarcity; food and water security; and the loss of culture and local knowledge in a globalised society.

The Congress programme is being based on an in-depth investigation of cities, the way in which architecture is produced, and how communities interact with the built environment.

South Africa’s concerns are strongly linked to Africa’s concerns. UIA 2014 Durban will acknowledge the relationship between the urgent human need for shelter, infrastructure, basic services, employment and social development; how political decisions are made; and how the global economy impacts on communities and the environment.

UIA 2014 is an opportunity for African architects to make their mark in the debates that currently rage around sustainable city development. The event is intended to be a truly inclusive event bringing together different role players to explore how architects, communities and decision makers might play a pivotal role in addressing social and environmental inequalities through the Congress sub-themes of Ecology, Resilience and Values.

Benefits to the Host City

This is a Congress with an unashamedly urban focus. The programme takes Durban as its starting point, and uses this city as a mirror for challenges common to many other cities.

The congress will showcase Durban and its successes and failures over the last 20 years in post-Apartheid South Africa. The intention is for delegates, speakers and the public to engage the spaces of the city through public art installations, catalyst interventions and combined learning forums.

The ICC will become the centre of a web that radiates out and draws in. In addition to video feeds and tours, congress delegates will be active participants in the various on- and off-site activities. And, through the Congress communication campaign before and during the Congress, Durban will become the centre of the most significant architectural event in the world.


Benefits to the Architectural Profession

The Congress provides members of the South African architectural fraternity exposure to other practitioners in Africa and the world.

The event provides a platform for South Africa to develop its position in the broader architectural discourse. The profession in South Africa is recognized as a world player and it is important that we maintain world standards and, where possible, become world leaders.

As the hosts, South Africa has the opportunity to prioritise the issues we would like to be addressed and ensure that they are on the global agenda.

The Congress provides an opportunity to improve the profile of the profession and promote it in schools and local communities.

The event provides members of industry with a platform to showcase their products; technological inventions and innovations to an international audience. This can be done via the congress exhibition and individual promotions.

This is an opportunity to complement educational institutions – to increase the number of graduates being produced; and to bridge the divide between academia and practice by offering support for students and graduates.