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Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cape Town is the first city in Africa to be named a UNESCO City of Design -

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Greenspace Takes Over London with WATG’s ‘Green Block’ Proposal -

Friday, November 10, 2017

It’s time we accelerate closer collaboration between private sector and beneficiaries to enable successful land reform -

Friday, November 10, 2017

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Corobrik’s clay pavers create inspired walkways in Kliptown Public Environment Upgrade -

Friday, November 10, 2017

Inauguration of 2017- 2021 SACLAP Council -

Friday, October 27, 2017

Why composting is the greenest thing you can do -

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Department of Environmental affairs: Working for Eco Systems -

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Importance of Gardens in Ecosystems -

Friday, October 20, 2017

Afrilandscapes rises to the occasion with top notch greening plan for grain silo district at the V&A Waterfront -

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Why Skyscrapers Now Look Like Trees in Cities Around the World -

Friday, October 13, 2017

Case Study: A Green Lung in Qatar’s Desert Landscape – Oxygen Park by AECOM -

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Call For Project Proposals: Environmental Protection & Infrastructure Programmes (EPIP) -

Monday, October 9, 2017

Successful bidder announced for Clifton Precinct development, Cape Town -

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

R7.5 million Smart Park in Seawinds -

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

CityTree: Compact Green Wall Cleanses City -

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Corobrik’s clay pavers create inspired walkways in Kliptown Public Environment Upgrade

The intricate contrast of colour and texture has showcased the best features of Corobrik’s clay paver range, more than 400 000 of which were used for the urban enhancement of the iconic Kliptown Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication as well as Union Avenue and Square Road, all based in Soweto, Johannesburg.
Forming part of the Kliptown Public Environment Upgrade, the 24 000 sqm paving project – completed in July 2017 – was commissioned by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA). This branch of the city was established to efficiently manage and facilitate the development of an equitable, sustainable and resilient city to achieve the strategic city development objectives.
“The regeneration of this vibrant area, seeped in cultural history, is a fantastic undertaking by the JDA and we applaud the selection of Corobrik’s robust and inspired pavers,” said Corobrik Commercial Director, Musa Shangase. “The finished design works well to complement the existing structures and, among the many product benefits of pavers, the durability will minimise any future maintenance or replacement costs for the city.”
Currently in its third developmental phase, the JDA is focused on the implementation of Joburg 2040, which addresses city challenges to achieve its objectives, as well as supporting the development of the City’s ‘Corridors of Freedom’, which the Kliptown Public Environment Upgrade falls under. Through urban regeneration, these Corridors of Freedom allow residents to work, live and play within the same space, without the inconvenience and high costs of travelling long distances.
“The aim of this project is to create a robust, liveable, walkable and safe public environment with a focus on place identity and the creation of a high quality public environment,” explained Andrew Luke, Director of GAPP Architects & Urban Designers. “Kliptown is an area of historical significance, being the site on which the Freedom Charter was signed in 1955, and our task was to reinvigorate the square and surrounding streets, including the historic trading street – Union Road.”
Working on the project with GAPP was project manager, Akweni Group; contractor, Bophelong Construction and GMH/Tswelelo Consulting Engineers. All project facilitators undertook extensive consultation with the local ward councillor, community and stakeholders, including the taxi and traders’ associations, to ensure the final result would serve the community’s needs.
The Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication is framed by two, large parallel buildings. The central square features the Freedom Charter Monument which had fallen into a state of disrepair. To revitalise this area, new public open space was created, as well as sidewalks, street furniture, lighting, trees, public transport shelters and even public art to further commemorate the historical significance of the square.
Selecting 400 000 of Corobrik’s Burgundy pavers and 66 120 of the Cedarberg pavers, GAPP breathed new life into the square, Union Avenue and Square Road, tying the entire area together with a network of pedestrian paths and squares for increased access.
“The Burgundy paver was chosen, in particular, to give character to the public environment,” explained Luke. “A combination of Burgundy and Cedarberg provides the backdrop for landscaping elements such as bins, benches, bollards, trees and lights.”
Commenting on the selection of Corobrik’s pavers for the project, Luke said the incredible robustness ensured they could withstand the high-volume pedestrian foot traffic and the inherent colour-fastness of the clay meant no fading over time, despite constant exposure to the elements. In addition, Corobrik pavers are accompanied by ease of construction, repair and maintenance.
“Paving provides for a really high-quality environment with the herringbone pattern used here to create a strong, aesthetically interesting street surface,” he continued.” The interplay between colour and texture accommodates the various users, provides directional guidance, highlights key features in the public space and demarcates public and private thresholds. The variation in colour was also used to demarcate areas for traders, pedestrians and display space for shopkeepers.”
He said that, in addition, paving can be vital tool for public safety, providing clear lines of sight with changes in texture used to indicate crossings.
Corobrik’s Musa Shangase added: “Public safety is further ensured through the pavers’ skid-resistant quality which means that, even in wet weather, the community of Kliptown can safely use the walkways.”

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