March 21, 2018


Are you a Day Zero Hero? -

Friday, March 16, 2018

A look at Sol Kerzner’s new ultra-luxury estate in Cape Town -

Friday, March 16, 2018

Peter Veenstra to build dome of plants at Design Indaba venue in Cape Town -

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sustainable construction is integral to superior design at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards -

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Zaha Hadid Architects wins contest for water-inspired cultural hub in UAE -

Monday, March 12, 2018

100 new parks in 100 days for Durban -

Friday, March 2, 2018

Restoring Land, Growing Prosperity: Richmond Park, Cape Town New Development -

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Corobrik’s Graphite pavers add to the modern Menlyn Learning Hub -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Evans – Reimagining the Idea of a City to Enhance Liveability -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Landscaping for Wetlands: What is World Wetlands Day all about -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Sudpave, South Africa’s First Locally Manufactured Permeable Paving Grid! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Playground Design: danger or risk? Do we know the difference -

Friday, February 23, 2018

A New Type of Interaction by Innovative Design -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

IFLA Advisory Circle Article: Cultural Landscape and the Nature Culture Journey -

Monday, February 19, 2018

The South African Landscapers Institute’s (SALI) Vision for the Next Term. -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

“Biophilic” Environments & Why Amazon Filled Its New Office With 40,000 Plants -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Our Cities Cannot be Resilient Without Intergrating Healthy Wetlands in Their Infrastructure Asset Management & Planning -

Monday, February 12, 2018

Plans for ILASA 2018 -

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Net Zero Awarded to Johannesburg’s 78 Corlett Drive -

Friday, February 2, 2018

Why Skyscrapers Now Look Like Trees in Cities Around the World

Oh the potential of “living walls!” Daniel Bell must be one of the few people in the hotel industry who never receives complaints. “It’s always really positive,” he says, talking about the feedback he receives for his work at London’s five-star The Athenaeum hotel. “I always see people smiling. I walked past today and there were people just standing beside it, being photographed.” Bell, of course, is no ordinary hotel worker dealing with needy clientele. He’s a “vertical gardener” who turns walls and buildings into leafy idylls, and much of his work is in the travel industry. He’s best known…

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

A “green lung” in Qatar’s desert landscape is helping people stay healthy and active by reconnecting them to nature. Erik Behrens and James Haig Streeter of AECOM recently completed Oxygen Park, a unique public space in Doha’s Education City. Built to promote exercise and social gatherings, Oxygen Park is partly buried underground and features undulating, organic forms masses inspired by the desert’s wind-eroded rocks and landscapes.   Oxygen Park derives its name from the elemental life-force of oxygen, which the park also produces with its tree-studded green landscape. The designers wrote: “Oxygen Park is a man-made ‘green lung’ with a…

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

Background The Department of Environmental Affairs, through the Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Programmes (EPIP), is implementing projects that address a myriad of environmental challenges whilst creating the much needed jobs in the environmental sector under the auspices of the Expanded Public Works Programmes (EPWP). The main objectives of the programmes are Better Environmental Management Practices; Job Creation; Skills Development; and Strengthening Support for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs). Standard requirements applicable to all focus areas for Infrastructure and Mass Employment Projects: • The projects must originate from public bodies, including DEA branches, municipalities, public entities, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community-Based…

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Successful bidder announced for Clifton Precinct development, Cape Town

Successful bidder announced for Clifton Precinct development The City’s Immovable Property Adjudication Committee has awarded the tender for the development of the Clifton Precinct to K2015298271 South Africa (Pty) Ltd. The bidders were notified of the outcome of the bidding process on 28 September 2017. The proposed development will improve public access to the beach, ocean and recreational facilities as well as protect the natural vegetation, enhance local and international tourism potential, and unlock investment to drive job creation. Read more below: The City of Cape Town advertised the tender for the development of the City-owned land between the Clifton bungalows…

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R7.5 million Smart Park in Seawinds

The City’s Seawinds Smart Park is the sixth of its kind and is now officially open to residents who will have access to a range of facilities. The City of Cape Town’s latest smart park is officially open to the public. Built at a cost of R7,6 million, the facility in Seawinds near Lavender Hill is the City’s sixth smart park, following similar ventures in Atlantis, Nomzamo, Delft, Khayelitsha and Gugulethu. The project included upgrading a portion of an existing Recreation and Parks facility into an integrated facility that offers informal and formal recreational opportunities. ‘The smart park design landed…

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CityTree: Compact Green Wall Cleanses City

CityTree is the centrepiece design of Green City Solutions, an ecologically-minded design firm committed to the betterment of city life at large. It is a high-tech installation of moss clusters that catch impurities in the surrounding air and, due to the unique way the plant leaves are layered to filter air through it continuously, CityTree has the same positive environmental impact as 275 regular trees. The green wall takes up 3.5 square metres in floor space and is just under 4 metres in height. It includes a sleek bench seat on both sides, as CityTree is designed to be situated…

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Go Pink with Husqvarna and Win an Automower®!

One of the world’s leading producers of forest, park and garden products – Husqvarna – has teamed up with South African charity PinkDrive to highlight awareness and raise funds during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. Husqvarna will #goPink for the campaign – and also give away a limited edition PINK 450X Automower® worth a whopping R60 000. To be eligible to win, customers must spend R5 000 at a Husqvarna dealership between 1 – 31 October 2017. Apart from creating a ‘pink’ awareness at dealerships with this competition, Husqvarna is also donating R10 000 to PinkDrive to help support…

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Where sustainable food design and public architecture intersect.

Space10 is a future-living laboratory that explores cutting-edge design problems and their futuristic solutions. It is an external arm of multinational furniture design firm IKEA based in Copenhagen. Their latest project, the Algae Dome, was recently unveiled at the 2017 CHART Art Fair, a festival that celebrates leading Nordic art and design projects each year. It is a 4 metre high rounded structure made of 320 metres of clear tubes. These coiled tubes contain a unique substance that researchers are calling the superfood of tomorrow – microalgae. The entire design acts as a bioreactor, proliferating the healthy sludge with sunlight….

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Curating Place: Beyond Placemaking

Written By Guy Adam Ailion Curating Place: Beyond Placemaking? When it comes to the way we design public spaces we need to recognize how the ‘Experience Economy’ is changing the way we see placemaking, regeneration, tourism and even retail design. Sometime ago, on a cool winter’s morning in London, I walked through a small market that was dexterously tucked underneath and in-between, railway arches and a small service thoroughfare. I had been absorbed into a comfortable sized crowd of people. A large enough crowd to lull one’s city walking pace into a slow and calming dawdle, while small enough that I could…

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Cape Town mayor outlines Masiphumelele development plans

Cape Town – During a high level visit to the volatile area of Masiphumelele, near Fish Hoek in Cape Town, Mayor Patricia de Lille outlined the city’s plans for the sprawling informal settlement. The area has been the scene of violent protests due to a lack of service delivery and the provision of housing and land. De Lille, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and SA Human Rights Commissioner Chris Nissen visited the area on Thursday morning. “I also informed the Public Protector about some of the projects that are under way and projects which will start in the near future,” De…

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