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Transform or die! This was one of the first challenges posed to delegates at the Architecture ZA18 conference in Tshwane’s city centre space 012 Central. The event, from May 3-5, explored how to create sustainable, adaptive and integrated cities that can respond to growing social, economic and environmental challenges. The theme was WeTheCity: Memory & Resilience. More than 600 architecture students from SA and Namibia made up more than half of the delegates. The rest were architects. The role of architects in the built environment is being increasingly highlighted as new opportunities are created for improved resource consumption; economic and social dynamism; and market creation, human development and climate change adaptation. "We have already seen the results of rapid climate change," said Prof Christina du Plessis of the University of Pretoria in introducing the conference theme. "We are ill-prepared even though all the predictions, for example, pointed to the drought situation...

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