March 16, 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

Expo for Public Space this September 2017

Why not visit the largest international event for design, planning and maintenance of public space this September… it is also a lovely excuse for a trip! The Expo for Public Space is the largest exhibition in Europe which focuses exclusively on all the aspects of public space. The exhibition offers an extensive insight into the latest products and services regarding: Play – playground, park and recreation equipment Lighting – urban lighting Green – trees, plants and other green urban facilities Street furniture Pavement – clay, concrete, asphalt and natural stone paving Landscape architecture & Design Subsurface Advice & Management Over…

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The Rise of the Living Roof

With a heavy focus on being environmentally sustainable we’re seeing the installation of green roofs – or ‘living’ roofs – springing up. We check out this rising trend and discover the best way to install one. Green roofs also known as eco-roofs, living roofs, vegetated roofs or planted roofs, employ plants to improve a roof’s performance and enhance visual appeal. They are a recent alternative to saving the planet. Although it has grown in popularity over the past few years, the Scandinavians have been building them for years! A roof garden on the Group 5 head office in Waterfall City….

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The Isabelo Smart Bench is Here

The Isabelo™ Smart Bench is a stand-alone, entirely solar-powered free Wi-Fi hotspot for public use complete with USB charging points, night lighting and easy seating. The name Isabelo™ is derived from the Zulu word “to share” and the smart bench is all about sharing: Sharing a seat. Sharing public spaces. And sharing content online. What we love about it is that people can sit down, charge up and freely access information and share ideas online. Africa’s revolutionary new Isabelo Smart Bench typifies core philosophies of urban redevelopment Johannesburg’s leading inner city regeneration developers have welcomed today’s launch of Africa’s revolutionary…

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The Sali Awards 2017

  The Awards encourage emerging trends by redevelopment of existing landscapes towards a more sustainable approach. It is more than a mere rejuvenation of the garden, it demands a radical change where the landscape style, character and associated inputs are “recycled” into a more sustainable environment with an ecological aesthetic. This can be achieved through a once-off, high impact redevelopment, or a gradual, phased restoration supplementary to the maintenance contract.  It is encouraging to see that this trend is often contractor-driven, and not prescribed by a client brief. It is an indication of an evolving industry, one that is willing…

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Husqvarna does it again with 150 trees planted at Wild Coast music festival

The successful staging of the second Mdumbi Green Fair Music Festival at Mdumbi Point on the Wild Coast was held in May. A popular and unique fundraiser for TransCape NPO, which is deeply involved in development work in the area, and with the surrounding Xhosa communities, the festival not only draws much needed tourists to the region and thus provides income opportunities for the local population, but it is also used as an opportunity to educate the community about the importance of reforesting the area. With that in mind, Husqvarna, a world leader in outdoor power products, along with its…

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Easigrass Shines at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Easigrass London was awarded the top 4 star Tradestand Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. They had an amazing day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 and this has to be the highlight! The Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to their stand and couldn’t contain her love for the Easi-Zoo! A wonderful woman who clearly has great taste in artificial grass.  

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Technicrete Trojan Squares for Broadlands Estate Residence

Upmarket residential estates like Broadlands Estate in Polokwane require residents to ensure that any additions or refurbishments done to their properties conform to the high- existing standards. Aesthetics and finishes have to reflect the lifestyle that owners have invested in, and Technicrete paving is considered to be the leading choice when it comes to paving at the estate. Technicrete’s Trojan paving, well known for its durability and appearance, was recently used at a Broadlands Estate residence for the driveway, house perimeter and carport areas. The home owner chose the Trojan design after looking at the quality of the Technicrete brick…

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Singapore is building an entire forest in a high-rise apartment atrium

It’s a “green space” on steroids. A massive 376,000-square-foot landscaping project known as the Green Heart, in Singapore’s Marina One, will include a multi-level public garden, calming waterfalls, reflecting pools, and a dense web of lush trees when it’s finished in 2016. All this, engulfed by four high-rise apartments already surrounding the space. A bird’s-eye view of the Green Heart. Gustafson Porter   The brainchild of German studio Ingenhoven Architects and Singapore A61, construction of Marina One began in 2012. The work has since been handed over to landscape architecture firm Gustafson Porter, which is now converting the space into Singapore’s largest green urban sanctuary. Green…

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Coastal landscaping with indigenous beach-dwelling flora

Much like gardening, salt water can provide a cure for almost anything, or at least at Life Landscapes we think so. However, these two therapeutic past-times don’t mix well. The ocean has been an endless source of stories, adventure and turmoil for mankind and endless problems for landscapers planting a garden with an ocean view. Earth is home to five great oceans and a 113 seas. They represent 72% of the earth’s surface; in South African we have 2,500km of coastline, with a large portion of South Africans living in cities like Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban.  Most property owners…

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5th Annual LaRRSA Conference 1 – 4 Aug 2017, Mpumalanga

The 5th annual Conference aims to bring together key industry, governmental and academic land practitioners, all of whom have valuable insight into and contributions to make to the land rehabilitation discipline in Southern Africa. We are excited to again offer a one-day pre-conference workshop for attendees to gain exposure to current industry, governmental and academic practices. The workshop will focus on challenges and opportunities for land practitioners in a changing climate, and will be led by the highly acclaimed WITS’ Scholes duo: Professor R.J. (Bob) Scholes and Professor Mary Scholes. It will offer both theory and practice, discussing solutions to managing…

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