June 16, 2019

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The LafargeHolcim Awards: Entries Open! -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

BTech Students shine at Architectural Awards -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cape Town’s Green Map promoting 10 years of sustainable living on World Environment Day -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Arup breaks ground on new hotel and residential development in airport city in Accra -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Durban’s bold R62bn facelift plan to boost rates base for city -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

New mixed-use student accommodation revitalises Hatfield Square -

Friday, May 31, 2019

CALL FOR EXEMPLARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS & VISIONARY DESIGN CONCEPTS -

Friday, May 31, 2019

Canopy by Hilton to open first Africa property in Cape Town -

Friday, May 31, 2019

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

Unisa Creates A Buzz At Spring Festival

Once again, Unisa has blossomed at the 2015 Spring Festival at Garden World having received a platinum award and coming in joint first overall. The garden was designed by Victoria Ing with Asavela Yashe, both from the Department of Environmental Sciences, who assisted with the implementation. ‘Nature’s Bounty’ was this year’s theme, as  designer gardens showcased the wealth of indigenous plants and flowers, tying in with this year’s Kirstenbosch South Africa Chelsea Exhibit entitled, ‘South Africa in Bloom, 40 years at the Chelsea Flower Show’. “In the conceptual design phase it was necessary to identify ways in which this theme…

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Onward and Upward for Vertical Gardens

Have you ever grown beans or vines up trellises or garden stakes? Then you have practiced vertical gardening. Growing vertically is a great way to maximize space and provide visual interest in growing areas. Architecture Vertical gardening can be used to define “architectural” spaces in open areas. Flowering vines are usually used to adorn structures like trellises and arbors, but any vine or climbing plant can be used for the following: Shelter. Protect a space from natural elements (wind, rain, sun) or from view. Doorways. Mark entrances to different garden “rooms,” or to your home, with vines on arbors. Hallways….

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In The Spirit Of The First Day Of Spring

There’s no better time like the present to get outside and start preparing your garden beds for spring. Even if you already have an established garden, there are a number of tasks and projects that need to be done before the days start heating up. Here are some handy tips… You don’t need to be a landscape designer to cut back a few branches, simply think about how you want the shrub to be shaped or where excess growth needs to be removed, and then use a pair of sharp secateurs or trimmers to cut. 1. Pruning trees and shrubs…

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Outdoor Gyms Booming in South Africa

In a country where lifestyle diseases are a growing concern, access to a park with free exercise equipment seems almost too good to be true. Green outdoor gyms were first introduced to South Africa in 2008 with the intention of encouraging exercise and a healthier lifestyle in communities where people are generally unable to afford commercial gyms or personal trainers. The first gym was installed at the Petrus Molefe Park in Soweto, and since then more than 90 parks have been installed in Gauteng alone. Tim Hogins, Managing Director of Green Outdoor Gyms, says the response so far has been very…

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Landscape Upgrades at TUT

The Tshwane University of Technology’s Soshanguve North campus has been undergoing landscaping upgrades recently. This comes as good news to some students, while other students seem to be disgruntled by this. These upgrades come as a blessing, judging by the state of the campus which previously looked like an old, neglected primary school, yet, the students residing on the institution’s premises feel that their rights are being taken for granted. Siyabonga Mnguni, a resident at the CCT Towers resident said, “This is uncalled for. Why would you renovate the outer parts of the school if we’re suffering here? We do…

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Singapore Garden in the Sky

Advocates of the “Green City” concept, the creative team at WOHA developed a hotel design with a surreal appearance. PARKROYAL on Pickering is a highly modern architecture project in Singapore, combining concrete organic shapes with simple rectangular volumes and incredible sky-gardens. Greenery flourishes at every four levels of the hotel, visually blending the massive accommodation unit with the neighboring park. The concept of the green building derived from a need to create a local landmark that would be associated globally with the skyline of Singapore: “Most of Singapore’s recent architecture – especially in and around the city centre – is…

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A Wonderful Weekend Idea

Parks in Cape Town Walk your dog, meet your friends for a picnic and enjoy a variety of flora Sun-kissed beaches aren’t the only public places in Cape Town to take advantage of; our pretty city has a plethora of parks, which are perfect for walking your dog, a picnic with friends, or simply stretching out with a newspaper and enjoying the beautiful plant life. Discover green spots for lunch in city parks, or overgrown suburban wonderlands for a romantic rendezvous. Parks are not only relaxing and fun, but also meeting points for likeminded folk, so get to know Cape Town’s…

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Greenpop start a Treevolution

Greenpop have run many great projects, including Trees for Zambia Greenpop just hosted its second ever Reforestation Festival this past weekend, where participants plant indigenous trees to help restore the ancient Platbos forest. Around 250 people from the ages of 5 to 65 years joined them in their ‘Treevolution’. Trees contribute hugely to the environmental balance – by creating oxygen, stabilising the soil and encouraging biodiversity among other things – and considering the rapid rate of deforestation worldwide, this kind of event could not have come at a more crucial time. I chat to Lauren O’ Donnell, one of the…

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Homemakers Exhibition Cape Town

HOMEMAKERS Expo Looking for inspiration for your home improvement plans? At the HOMEMAKERS Expo shows you’ll find a festival of brilliant ideas to help you on your way to creating your dream home. South Africa’s Premier Home Improvement Event A gathering of South Africa’s finest home improvement product and service providers, HOMEMAKERS Expo is South Africa’s premier home lifestyle consumer show. From sleek bathroom fittings and the latest in kitchen appliances to sublime new furnishings and the latest paint techniques – you’ll find it all at this fab home improvement event! Incorporating a spectrum of South Africa’s best product and…

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Africa’s Great Green Wall

Supporting local communities in the sustainable use of their natural resources, the Great Green Wall Initiative in Africa aims to combat desertification in dry land areas and around the Sahara. The initiative hopes to improve the environment, which will in turn contribute to climate change mitigation, while helping to improve food security and the livelihoods of people in the Sahel and Sahara. The challenge The Sahel and Saharan region of Africa is faced with increasing pressure on already fragile ecosystems, a factor that is contributing to the insecurity of people and their livestock. These communities are some of the world’s most…

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