January 18, 2018


International: SLA’s park design for Bjarke Ingels power plant revealed -

Friday, January 12, 2018

There is still time to submit for IFLA 2018 World Congress- 4 days to deadline -

Friday, January 12, 2018

Urban-Think Tank develops low-cost housing for South African slum. -

Friday, January 12, 2018

Revisiting Landscape Architecture trends of 2017 and looking to 2018 and beyond -

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

This R15.2 Million lakeside home with a sloping green roof was just voted the best house in Britain -

Friday, December 8, 2017

UCT MLA exhibit and Jo Gibbons lecture -

Friday, December 8, 2017

Sneak peek at the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 -

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Despatch: multi-billion rand housing development due to begin Today! -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Despatch: multi-billion rand housing development set to begin today! -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Employment Position: Associate or Full Professor (tenure-stream) in Urban Forest Management, University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo honoured at the National Business Awards -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cape Town accepts carbon neutral development challenge -

Friday, December 1, 2017

NEW Rainbird XFS-CV Dripline -

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Our suppliers at Itacotto have some great Black Friday Deals -

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday Deals on the Husqvarna Automower® -

Friday, November 24, 2017

A thank you to Bernadette Vollmer for her dedication to the role of SACLAP Registrar -

Friday, November 24, 2017

Launch of the Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit Announced -

Friday, November 24, 2017

New Build in Higgovale for SAOTA -

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Horticulturists and herbalists join hands -

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Competition for architects and urban designers as city embarks on carbon neutral development journey -

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

6 inspiring African architectural projects that have made the world a greener place

These award-winning projects include a chic house that epitomises green living, a ‘flat pack’ school made of shipping containers and more

Every two years the prestigious AfriSAM-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation recognises projects that have put green principles and social change into action and that are helping to lighten our footprint on the earth while improving the lives of the people that use them.

The 2016 winners have just been announced; these 6 projects received the prestigious award.


Architects: Sagnelli Associate Architects

The ‘poster-child’ for green living, this Durban-North home (pictured above) uses pretty much all the green gadgetry there is on the market. Extensive thought, consideration and research by the homeowners mean the final product includes numerous sustainable features.

The house also boasts an integrated eco-system consisting of beehives, a veggie garden, a worm farm and a natural swimming pool, all of which attract over 40 species of birds, insects and wildlife to the property.

WATCH: Take a ‘tour’ of Gorgeous Green House’s green features

•  READ the owner of Gorgeous Green House’s expert tips for designing an eco-friendly home.



Location: Pretoria, Gauteng

Architects: Boogertman+Partners Architects

The Department of Environmental Affairs building in Pretoria. Image: Supplied

The Department of Environmental Affairs building leads by example when it comes to eco-friendly design: the project boasts a 6 star green office v1 design rating.

The building hosts an array of sustainable design elements including one the biggest rooftop solar-power plants in the country as well as a rainwater harvesting system part of which forms a massive sculptural feature in the foyer.

WATCH: Take a ‘tour’ of the DEA Building’s green features



Location: Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Western Cape

Architects: Architecture Co-op

Oudebosch Camp Kogelberg. Image: Supplied

Kogelberg is tucked away in the mountains above Betty’s Bay, within a protected wilderness area in the Kogelberg Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This breathtaking biodiversity hotspot, known as ‘The Heart of the Fynbos’, is of extremely high conservation value, thanks to its 1,650 fynbos species.

The Oudebosch Camp, which has been designed for hikers and nature lovers, was an old forestry village that has been transformed into an eco-village, which almost disappears into the landscape.

Complete with roof gardens and rain water harvesting systems that recharge the local springs, it allows the landscape to be more important than the buildings.

WATCH: Take ‘tour’ of Oudebosch Camp’s green features

• FIND OUT what it’s like to stay in one of Oudebosch Camp’s eco-cabins



Location: Maun, Botswana

Architect: Paul Marais

Otto Cottage. Image: Supplied

A nod to natural materials, this small house in Maun, Botswana, is made of rammed earth, timber and locally-harvested reeds, ensuring that it is completely in harmony with the environment, without compromising on style.

By using forms similar to what is prevalent in the area, it draws a deliberate link to these elements, and it points to sustainable future building technology by reinventing traditional building materials.

The house is not connected to either the local electricity grid, or the municipal water and sewerage, making it a 100 percent off-the-grid building.

WATCH: Take a ‘tour’ of Otto Cottage’s green features



Location: Mbizana, Eastern Cape

Architects: buildCollectiveNPO with Carinthia University of Applied Science

The Mzamba Bridge. Image: AfriSam-SAIA

The community driven project ‘bridgingMzamba’ stemmed from the urgent need for a safe crossing of the Mzamba River, a river that often floods and has claimed many lives in the area.

The result was the creation of a 140-metre long suspension bridge, which was designed to have as little environmental impact as possible.

WATCH: Find out more about the creation of the Mzamba Bridge 



Location: Mchinji, Malawi

Architects: Architecture for a Change

The Malawi School. Image: Supplied

The Malawi School is a ground-breaking project. The idea was to create a ‘flat pack’ school that could be designed and built by architects in South Africa and then shipped to Malawi to be assembled on site. Not only were the contents of the shipping containers used to build the school, the containers themselves became an integral part of its structure.

The function of the building is not limited to a school, but doubles as a community gathering space where local events are held and revenue is made allowing the school to sustain itself economically.


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