March 17, 2018


Are you a Day Zero Hero? -

Friday, March 16, 2018

A look at Sol Kerzner’s new ultra-luxury estate in Cape Town -

Friday, March 16, 2018

Peter Veenstra to build dome of plants at Design Indaba venue in Cape Town -

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sustainable construction is integral to superior design at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards -

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Zaha Hadid Architects wins contest for water-inspired cultural hub in UAE -

Monday, March 12, 2018

100 new parks in 100 days for Durban -

Friday, March 2, 2018

Restoring Land, Growing Prosperity: Richmond Park, Cape Town New Development -

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Corobrik’s Graphite pavers add to the modern Menlyn Learning Hub -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Evans – Reimagining the Idea of a City to Enhance Liveability -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Landscaping for Wetlands: What is World Wetlands Day all about -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Sudpave, South Africa’s First Locally Manufactured Permeable Paving Grid! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Playground Design: danger or risk? Do we know the difference -

Friday, February 23, 2018

A New Type of Interaction by Innovative Design -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

IFLA Advisory Circle Article: Cultural Landscape and the Nature Culture Journey -

Monday, February 19, 2018

The South African Landscapers Institute’s (SALI) Vision for the Next Term. -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

“Biophilic” Environments & Why Amazon Filled Its New Office With 40,000 Plants -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

No Carbon Footprint! “The World’s Most Sustainable Shopping Centre”, with Rooftop Farm, to Open in Melbourne -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Our Cities Cannot be Resilient Without Intergrating Healthy Wetlands in Their Infrastructure Asset Management & Planning -

Monday, February 12, 2018

Plans for ILASA 2018 -

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Net Zero Awarded to Johannesburg’s 78 Corlett Drive -

Friday, February 2, 2018

UP wins again at SA Landscaping Awards

The University of Pretoria (UP) has once again been recognised by the South African Landscaping Institute, receiving three awards for campus landscaping. UP’s Landscape Services Unit, part of the Department of Facilities Management, aims to create environmentally sustainable surroundings for students, staff, visitors and the general public. It is addressing national and international environmental issues and is improving and upgrading existing landscapes.
‘At Landscape Services, we want to work with nature to recycle garden waste, introduce water-wise indigenous plants and save water by practising efficient and effective water use,’ said unit manager Aubrey Matthews.
The following projects were awarded:
Compost and mulch production facility, Plaaswerf, LC de Villiers Sports Grounds (Double Gold in Environmental and Water Wise categories). Project Manager: Jacques Smit
Hartbeestspruit Rehabilitation Project (Double Silver in Environmental category). Project Manager: Jacques Smit
Administration Building Garden (Double Silver in Landscape and Water Wise categories). Project Manager: Johan Britz
The judges commented that the compost yard met all municipal requirements and holds sizeable ecological benefits as it decreases the amount of green waste sent to landfills. Material from UP campuses is composted on this site. ‘This is an excellent blueprint for other large sites to follow…an inspiring project,’ they said.

The Administration Building Garden is an indigenous water-wise garden that uses compost and mulch from UP’s own composting yard to retain moisture and provide nutrient value. It was recognised for its design and mulching, and the judges commented that it would be worth entering again. The garden was designed to reflect elements of the building’s architecture, thus enhancing the aesthetic appeal.
UP is currently rehabilitating Hartbeestspruit, with over 500 aquatic plants introduced to the wetland. The aim of the project is to take responsibility for storm water and its related pollutants by reducing downstream damage and pollution. The judges said sightings of new bird species was evidence of an increase in biodiversity, and that the dam was functioning well despite heavy downpours, showing good storm water dissipation. The frog and fish population has also increased, indicating that the rehabilitation project is bearing fruit.


– Author Department of Facilities Management


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