Estate Living Magazine Investment - Issue 34 October 2018 - Page 6

RECOGNISING INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY CMAI Architects of Knysna has won two International Federation of Landscape Architects awards for the AAPME (Africa, Asia, Pacific, Middle East) area. At the 2018 World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) in Singapore in July, CMAI Architects won two awards – one for Thesen Islands in the category Wildlife, Biodiversity, Habitat Enhancement or Creation, and one for Crossways Farm Village in the category Analysis and Master Planning. Thesen Islands Thesen Islands is CMAI Architects’s flagship and multiple award- winning project in the Knysna Lagoon on the Garden Route in the Western Cape. The development is, according to the judge’s citation: a great example of the restoration of a brown field with historic ecological values. What has happened in this project is the innovative transformation of a sensitive site with respect to social and environmental aspects. This project is an example of how a development can be designed and constructed to be commercially viable but also co-exist with and enhance the environment. The aesthetic content is as remarkable as the process.” 4 |