December 18, 2018


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LA+ JOURNAL announces winners of Competition to redesign Central Park -

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The IFLA Student Design Competition Winners 2018 Announced -

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Samuel Pellissier of University of Free State’s travels inspire the winning Corobrik architectural regional award -

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Resilient Landscaping: Cape Resilient Landscaping Forum -

Friday, November 23, 2018

Tonight at UCT the m.arch (prof) & landscape architecture awards -

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Cape Town’s new Ratanga Junction development -

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Out & About at FutureScape Africa 2018 -

Friday, November 16, 2018

The New Retirement Landscape -

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The Canadian Canoe Museum’s 1.5acre Green Roof -

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Thuli Masuku, the HR Director for Landscaping and Turf at Servest on what matters to her most in driving strategic human resources -

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Landscaping and Gardening Services Industry Analysis & Outlook 2018-2022 by Marketresearchpro -

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South Africa’s Garden Day- Sunday 21 October 2018 -

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Goosen takes first steps towards landscape restoration at Royal Cape -

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Just in time for summer… we introduce ‘The Blyde- Pretoria’ -

Monday, October 1, 2018

Turftech installs revolutionary multipurpose pitch at Ashton International College in Benoni -

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Brand new from Wacker Neuson, the MCT36-5 walk-behind concrete trowel, for perfect concrete finishing results -

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Organic waste not wasted for long- Corona Facility is re-shaping the waste landscape -

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Cellfast Water Timers -

Monday, September 3, 2018

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

With the help of Joost Bakker, this trailblazing development aims to have no carbon footprint.

Frasers Property Australia has announced plans to regenerate Burwood Brickworks in Melbourne’s east into what it’s calling “the most sustainable shopping centre in the world”.
The developer has enlisted eco-pioneer, florist and designer Joost Bakker – best known for his sustainability-focused projects Silo, Brothl and Greenhouse – as a creative consultant to help turn the site’s 2000-square-metre rooftop into an urban farm and restaurant space.
Last week, Frasers opened expressions of interest for the rooftop’s new tenants. Bakker would love to see new, passionate businesses “come out of the woodwork” to take on the tenancy.
“You’re going to feel like you’re right in the middle of [a garden],” says Bakker, who became involved with the project when the developer held a design competition asking Melbourne-based architects to pitch their vision.
“They had an unusual approach, saying they want to meet the Living Building Challenge requirements,” Bakker says, referring to a rigorous green-building certification program. “I realised these guys are the real deal.”
Construction on Burwood Brickworks will begin in mid-2018. Its developers aim to make it the first retail development in the world to achieve the Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification. LBC-certified buildings have zero carbon footprint; zero waste; produce more electricity and water than they use; grow agriculture on 20 per cent of the site; and are built using non-toxic and recycled materials.


“I’m pretty sure there won’t be another shopping centre in Australia with this many solar panels,” Bakker says.
The carbon footprint of every material used in construction will be meticulously calculated.
“It’s right down to the very finest details,” Bakker says. “Even the concrete – how it’s made, the recycled content of it. The highest that’s been achieved is 80 per cent recycled content but [Frasers is] saying, ‘Let’s see if we can get it up to 90’.”
The farm will feature dedicated crop areas and greenhouses, and will grow around 55 to 60 kinds of seasonal plants.
“There will be lots of lemongrass, lemon verbena and herbs, but also a hell of a lot of cucumbers,” Bakker says. “We’re growing crops that are water and nutrient hungry, because we will obviously have a lot of recycled water and compost.”
All the property’s organic waste will be mulched for the rooftop farm, and coffee waste from its cafes will go to mushroom cultivation.
“The site was once an apple orchard and [the developers] have done a lot of research to source the same types of apples that used to grow here,” Bakker says. “There’s a South East Asian community nearby, so we’ve incorporated things like kaffir limes and plants that are used by that community. We want it to be a real community hub.”


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