January 18, 2018

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International: SLA’s park design for Bjarke Ingels power plant revealed -

Friday, January 12, 2018

There is still time to submit for IFLA 2018 World Congress- 4 days to deadline -

Friday, January 12, 2018

Urban-Think Tank develops low-cost housing for South African slum. -

Friday, January 12, 2018

Revisiting Landscape Architecture trends of 2017 and looking to 2018 and beyond -

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

This R15.2 Million lakeside home with a sloping green roof was just voted the best house in Britain -

Friday, December 8, 2017

UCT MLA exhibit and Jo Gibbons lecture -

Friday, December 8, 2017

Sneak peek at the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 -

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Despatch: multi-billion rand housing development due to begin Today! -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Despatch: multi-billion rand housing development set to begin today! -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Employment Position: Associate or Full Professor (tenure-stream) in Urban Forest Management, University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo honoured at the National Business Awards -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cape Town accepts carbon neutral development challenge -

Friday, December 1, 2017

NEW Rainbird XFS-CV Dripline -

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Our suppliers at Itacotto have some great Black Friday Deals -

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday Deals on the Husqvarna Automower® -

Friday, November 24, 2017

A thank you to Bernadette Vollmer for her dedication to the role of SACLAP Registrar -

Friday, November 24, 2017

Launch of the Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit Announced -

Friday, November 24, 2017

New Build in Higgovale for SAOTA -

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Horticulturists and herbalists join hands -

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Invasives and Natives: The green, green grass of home

  WHAT would a garden be without a lawn? Well, for a start it would probably be more wildlife-friendly. In their wonderful book, ‘Bring Nature Back to your Garden’, Charles and Julia Botha describe a lawn as a green wasteland that attracts little wild life. Birds may appear to like a lawn but it is just that the doves, hadedas, common mynas and wagtails that forage or look for crickets there are far more visible than the many birds that visit the secret, wilder corners of your garden. Take a leaf out of Mother Nature’s book and replace a lawn…

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Inside the City’s new R280m council chamber

The construction of the City of Johannesburg’s new R280-million council chamber is almost complete and the glittering, state-of-the-art building will be ready to host its first council meeting in May this year. Standing 38m tall adjacent the Metro Centre – the City’s headquarters in Braamfontein – the two-level circular calabash-shaped glass building is currently undergoing the finishing touches but already one can feel its warm and welcoming ambience. “Everything should be finished by April 30,” says Fazel Raymond, the City’s Assistant Manager of Maintenance and Repairs as he takes me on a tour of this unique, modern-day African meeting place….

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Crystal Lagoons signs first project in South Africa, bringing beach life to Gauteng

Multinational water innovation company Crystal Lagoons has partnered with Balwin Properties for the construction and operation of South Africa’s first Crystal Lagoon, which will bring beach life to Gauteng. Balwin Properties’ new R4.2bn residential development, The Blyde at Riverwalk Estate, located in Pretoria East, Gauteng, will showcase Crystal Lagoons’ technology, which is patented in 190 countries and has revolutionised the global real estate market by bringing beach paradises to new locations, where swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing can be enjoyed. The Crystal Lagoon at The Blyde at Riverwalk Estate joins over 600 Crystal Lagoons projects – in different stages…

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COST-EFFECTIVE SUSTAINABLE JEEP TRACK FOR ACCESS ROADS AND TRAILS

Technicrete’s interlocking Armorflex Blocks are ideally suited to Jeep Track (Strip Road) application, providing access to areas currently either without established roadways or with crumbling insitu cast concrete strips.   Sites requiring vehicle traversal such as rural development and construction areas, agricultural and farm roads, tourism establishments, areas of bush, tree or high grass growth, gravel roads, earth tracks and in particular, locations where roads and embankments are subject to stormwater erosion, would benefit greatly from the installation of Armorflex.   Technicrete’s Armorflex all-weather, non-slip Jeep Track solution is cost effective for property owners and developers who require vehicle access…

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Student Community Project for University of Pretoria

  Tiqwa school provides intense individual therapeutic tuition for children with learning disabilities and brain dysfunctions. TIQWA, which is the Hebrew word for hope and expectation, was founded in 1982 by parents that felt their children had special needs but still had to develop their full potential. Through a thorough site analysis, consultation with the personnel, observation and talks with the teachers and scholars, consultation with the lecturers, and looking at precedent studies the 2nd year landscape architecture students came up with appropriate and innovative landscape designs for the indicated open spaces on the school grounds.  Written by Dr Ida…

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Exploring the Durban Garden as a landscape style

Written by Georgina Lockwood on behalf of Life Green Group.  KwaZulu Natal is often referred to as the ‘Garden Province’, and you”ll often hear local landscapers talk about a particularly green garden as  being a “Durban Garden.”  What is a Durban Garden? When was the term Durban garden coined, and by who?  Life Landscapes, the landscape division of Life Green Group, has decided to explore the Durban garden as a landscaping style. The grass is always greener in the coastal town of eThekwini – Durban’s sub-tropical climate makes it hot and humid, so naturally everything grows, faster, bigger and more of…

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Water Saving Tips by GBCSA

South Africa is the 30th driest country in the world, and water is becoming one of our most scarce resources. The impacts of our uneven and irregular rainfall patterns have been sorely felt this summer, with serious water restriction measures having been put in place by most municipalities. There are a number of solutions, however, and green building is one of the simple and highly effective ways to save water, explains Dorah Modise, CEO of Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). “Green buildings not only encourage water savings but ensure water is used wisely with innovative water-efficiency and water-capturing solutions,”…

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The Mark of Approval for Bosun Brick

  The Concrete Manufacturers Association Certification Services (CMA CS) has undertaken its first complete initial assessments and certified a number of products on behalf of its maiden client, Bosun Bricks. Initial assessments were undertaken to test compliance with SANS specifications on a number of different precast concrete products that are manufactured by the company and that need to be certified to meet engineering and architectural specifications. The CMA CS Mark of Approval is the first non-SABS mark to be used in the concrete industry since legislation was changed to allow multiple certification authorities to undertake certification of SANS standards. Born…

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Waker Neuson provides equipment to build Pump Track for Pretoria school

Pump Tracks are a worldwide phenomenon that allow cyclists of all levels and ages to experience the thrill of bicycle riding in a relatively small area, and in so doing promote whole-family and community involvement in healthy exercise and leisure activities. They typically comprise a looping trail system, with a series of whoop sections, contoured jumps and steeply bermed corners all strung together to allow for almost pedal-free cycling. The name Pump Track is derived from the pumping motion of the cyclist’s upper body, used to keep up the momentum on the track with almost no pedalling, and the origins…

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Does your swimming pool need a face-lift?

Saint-Gobain Weber share  important tips to consider when it comes to pool renovations. When flying over South Africa’s urban areas it is interesting to see that most homes have swimming pools. Given our climate, residential swimming pools provide a welcome reprieve from the heat in the hot summer months and are a source of relaxation, recreation, entertainment and add a key aesthetic to many homes. That said, over time swimming pools lose their appeal and require upgrading and repair. The winter months are the obvious time to empty your pool and give it a face-lift, repair leaks, re-surface with a…

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