Cape Town is initiating an architectural competition to erect a temporary annual summer pavilion within a public space in Cape Town. Cape Town has a rich architectural fraternity and strong architectural schools in the University of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).
Cape Town will draw on the pioneering work of the Serpentine Gallery in London in this regard but the focus will be on South African talent and relevance. The aim of this competition is to motivate, inspire, expose and celebrate innovation and creativity in public architectural design and to celebrate the talent we have in South Africa, while opening an avenue for exposure to search for new talent. The competition will also aim to spur discussion and debate on the role of high quality and innovative architecture in our built environment. The pavilion will serve to celebrate public space in Cape Town by drawing people to it through activities to be associated with the pavilion. The competition aims to launch in 2012 with the first summer pavilion in 2013.