May 24, 2019

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Landscape Architecture Foundation announces winners for 2019 Olmsted Scholars Program -

Friday, May 24, 2019

Promenade extension nearing completion -

Friday, May 24, 2019

Arbor City Awards -

Friday, May 24, 2019

Bringing Home the Gold! -

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Alison Hirsch appointed as USC’s director of Masters of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism program -

Friday, May 17, 2019

City mulls a ‘fresh coat’ to curb bark stripping -

Friday, May 17, 2019

New outdoor gym for Bellville Campus -

Friday, May 17, 2019

CAPE TOWN’S ABSA BUILDING TO BE REDEVELOPED -

Friday, May 17, 2019

FutureScape 2019. Book Your Stand Today! -

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Property developer John Rabie launches new venture in Portugal -

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Cape Town winner in City Nature Challenge thanks to residents -

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Friday, May 3, 2019

OMA and Laboratorio Permanente to transform two Milanese railway yards into “ecological filters” -

Friday, May 3, 2019

Nature conservation champion soars his way to success at the City -

Friday, May 3, 2019

PPC launches brick-making workshops in Gauteng townships -

Friday, April 26, 2019

Phase one of White River Crossing development nearing completion -

Friday, April 26, 2019

Exciting redevelopment of Towers Main begins -

Friday, April 26, 2019

Institute of Landscape Architecture Malaysia (ILAM), Regulates the profession of landscape architects -

Thursday, April 18, 2019

JOBURG CITY’S SIGNATURE PROJECT, JABULANI NODE, COMES ALIVE -

Thursday, April 18, 2019

City calls on residents and professionals to assist with new local development plans for Cape Town -

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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

The City of Cape Town is participating in the C40 Reinventing Cities Programme, a worldwide competition calling on the private sector and communities to devise carbon neutral development solutions and designs for underutilised publicly owned sites in C40 member cities. With the Reinventing Cities competition kicking off today, we are embarking on a process to make available five City owned-sites to innovative designers and implementers for carbon neutral development proposals. The purpose of the C40 Reinventing Cities Programme is to transform underutilised urban sites into beacons of zero carbon emissions and resilient development. Cape Town is a signatory to C40,…

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

The Cape joins 180 cities in 72 countries committed to the promotion and development of innovation and creativity. “Cape Town has many challenges but with that comes opportunities to bridge the divide while using creativity as a tool to create a better world.” This was the sentiment put forth by the Design Indaba team when Cape Town was chosen as the first city in Africa to be named a UNESCO City of Design. Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable…

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

  London Mayor Sadiq Khan proposed the challenge — how does London become a designated National Park City— and WATG, London-based landscape team, headed by Demet Karaoglu, accepted the challenge. In addressing the Mayor’s challenge, the team worked with Daniel Raven-Ellison, Guerrilla Geographer and Creative Explorer leading London’s campaign to become the world’s first National Park City.   ‘Green Block’ is the modular concept WATG has proposed to fuel their exploration of how to transform cities toward a greener future. The highly adaptable, 100% recyclable ‘Green Block’ is a living building material impregnated with native wildflower seeds. The unit is maintenance free with its integrated irrigation reservoir and…

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

The economy, to put it mildly, is in the doldrums. This grim picture was laid bare by the depressing figures that Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, shared with the nation during the medium-term budget policy statement a few days ago. It is not the bleak economic picture that the finance minister painted that depressed South Africans, but rather the increasingly limited options that the country is facing as it continues to helplessly slide down the cliff towards the dark abyss below. The finance minister revised growth from the snail pace of 1.3% to 0.7% in 2017. The consolidated budget deficit is…

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An indoor garden concept

  An indoor garden concept uses the soil below the house to bring a bit of greenery into the living space Indoor gardens can be very charming. Not only is it a great way to bring a natural life into your home, it also helps to improve the air quality. Windowsill herb gardens have been popular for decades now and we’re seeing living walls taking root all over the place too but it’s not often that we see indoor gardens making use of the actual soil available below the house. Brazilian landscape architect Juliana Freitas created a gorgeous indoor garden…

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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…

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Inauguration of 2017- 2021 SACLAP Council

The SACLAP registrar has announced that the 2017-2021 Council was inaugurated on Friday 20 October 2017. At this meeting the office bearers were decided upon. ILASA wishes to congratulate the following council members and wishes them all the best in their new official positions. SACLAP Presidential appointments; Thabo Munyai – President Frans van Wyk – Vice President Registration Committee: Elise van Staden (Chair Person) Willie Mothowamodimo Finance Committee: Thabo Munyai Francis Nzama (Chair Person) Education Committee: Gregory Mofokeng Frans van Wyk (Chair Person) Francis Nzama Professional Practice Committee: Ralene Fischer Herman de Lange Edward Hutamo (Chair Person) The Registration Committee…

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Why composting is the greenest thing you can do

The amount of urban waste being produced is growing faster than the rate of urbanisation. According to the World Bank by 2025 there will be 1.4 billion more people living in cities worldwide, with each person producing an average of 1.42kg of municipal solid waste per day. In South Africa alone, organic waste (i.e. perfectly compostable material) is one of the highest waste contributors to overflowing landfills, which are the largest source of methane gasses. Fruits, vegetables and cereals are said to have the highest wastage rates of any food, while one third of all food produced in South Africa…

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The Department of Environmental affairs: Working for Eco Systems

Introduction and background It is estimated that nearly 5.7 million hectares of untransformed land in South Africa has been degraded. To optimise the benefits from this land there is an urgent need for a country-wide land restoration programme to address this challenge. The need for such a programme are emphasised by the fact that by far the largest component of degraded land are situated in the former homelands where dependence on natural resources, high population densities and unplanned extraction and management of natural resources (especially wood and unsustainable grazing and fire regimes) reduced livelihood options. These poor, and energy and food…

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The Importance of Gardens in Ecosystems

ALL green areas – whether planted landscapes, wild areas, or a road verge with weeds – contribute to the urban ecosystem. They are vital to our well-being: green areas produce air for us to breathe, they filter pollution, absorb storm water and reduce flooding, purify water and maintain a pleasant temperature. Without sufficient planted areas and infiltration – due to the many tarred and paved areas, and reflective surfaces – the city heats up. This is known as the urban heat island effect: pollution levels rise and our quality of life decreases. On summer days, especially when there is no…

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