April 18, 2019

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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

Moshe Safdie Designs Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport As a Destination Garden -

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

It’s That Time of Year Again & SANBI are Ready to Wow! -

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Hottest New Spot on Florida Road -

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

City completes an array of park and facility upgrade projects -

Sunday, April 7, 2019

POLYPHAGOUS SHOT HOLE BORER- PSBH.CO.ZA -

Friday, March 29, 2019

Conservation AT Work -

Friday, March 29, 2019

2019 Corobrik-ILASA Awards of Excellence -

Friday, March 29, 2019

South Africa’s First Plastic Road! -

Friday, March 22, 2019

John Deere Power Products celebrates milestone machine -

Friday, March 22, 2019

Jacobsen supports student from South Africa to Staffordshire -

Friday, March 22, 2019

City springs into action to clean and mow parks -

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Walkway project underway at Homestead -

Friday, March 15, 2019

City receives R50 million to create 1 300 green jobs -

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Public Arts Commission ups funding for Merschel Plaza sculpture -

Friday, March 8, 2019

Comment on the Cape Town Draft Water Strategy – 08 March 2019 -

Friday, March 8, 2019

Corobrik playing its part in looking after the planet -

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Nature of Cities Summit -

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Low-tech Ethiopian environmentalism is saving the planet and creating jobs

A rural Ethiopian village has been fighting climate change with a low-tech, innovative practice and selling carbon credits to fund local businesses. The woreda (district) of Humbo lies about 420 kilometres southwest of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Lush green mountains loom over an expansive plain. However, just 10 years ago, the area looked completely different. Threatened by desertification and devoid of trees after years of deforestation, Humbo’s hillsides, which suffered from massive erosion and decreased agricultural productivity due to nutrient loss from soil run off, looked like the scarred surface of another planet. Desertification is a major problem in parts…

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‘Urban Gardens’ prevent entropy in Luanda Angola

The Angola-based architecture group Beyond Entropy Africa brings radical change to an urban sprawl with a single plant. Stefano Rabolli Pansera and Paula Nascimento of Beyond Entropy Africa approach urban problems with refreshing solutions based on their research in Luanda, Angola. While some might see a dysfunctional city plan, they see opportunity for change. Rooted in Beyond Entropy’s mantra, “changing nothing so that everything is different,” the agency sticks to a methodology that involves in-depth research and context-driven proposals. Beyond Entropy Africa’s co-directors offer insight into their work using their proposed intervention into the urban sprawl of the suburb of…

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How Architecture and Landscaping Can Address Sustainability Goals

Four ways one 40-acre green campus in a Chicago suburb is turning heads for its benefits to people, planet and profit. By Dan Probst and Dennis Kerrigan What happens when a 125-year-old global insurer decides to construct its new corporate headquarters to benefit people and planet alike? In the case of Zurich North America and the campus’ developer and design builder, Clayco, it goes full tilt ahead in both directions — from native plant landscaping that’s pleasing to the eye and mind, to structural design that yields abundant daylighting, designed to fuel employee satisfaction and bottom-line efficiency. The vision behind…

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‘Johannesburg Suburb is set to become the New York of Africa’

ZENDAI Development South Africa, the local subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Shanghai Zendai, said on Monday its plan to develop a city in the suburb of Modderfontein is on track, and that the group is consulting with environmental, community and City of Johannesburg authorities. The group appointed Atkins Global and Arup as its technical consultants on the project to create an R84bn city in the eastern suburb of Johannesburg. The Chinese company says it will develop the 1,600 hectares into the “New York of Africa”. “Atkins’s scope includes the strategic and operational framework for the development, including land uses, sustainability practices,…

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Design that is built on preserving the environment

(DA-IICT), is a technological university located in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. It is named after the Gujarati entrepreneur and founder of the Reliance group – Dhirubhai Ambani – and run by the Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation. The design was lead by Amitabh Teaotia Designs and the construction and ongoing maintenance was completed by their sister company Sanwaliya Seth Gardens Pvt. Ltd. (SSGPL). The architecture of DA-IICT is functional, but what surrounds it is a fascinating garden. The entire design was oriented to “Preserve the Environment”. The different blocks are located such that there is minimal damage to trees, and alongside that the majority of the 2566 trees chosen are…

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Inner Peace Conceptual Garden Japan

The Inner Peace Garden was a conceptual garden space and was designed for the Gardening World Cup Competition staged in Japan.  The garden was designed to be of a real size, 10m x 12m and be able to function as a usable space whilst conveying the idea of searching for inner peace. The space was used to convey the idea of travelling in ones mind to a place of peace and tranquillity which allows thought and inspiration to come uninterrupted by the pressure and noise of everyday life. The Garden was surrounded by what appeared to be a confusing grid…

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Landscaping Company Allegedly Stiffed Wages And Threatened To Deport Legal Guest Workers

A group of legal guest workers employed as general labourers or landscapers are trying to recover unpaid minimum wage and overtime compensation from a Mississippi-based landscaping company after they were fired for complaining about their conditions, according to a complaint filed last week. Backyard Lawn LLC, a landscaping company that performs commercial and residential landscaping for customers in parts of Mississippi and Tennessee, allegedly provided an employment contract for Meliton Bolanos-Ramirez and other unnamed complainants, setting an hourly minimum wage of $11.36 per hour and an overtime rate of $17.04 per hour. The company hired Bolanos-Ramirez and the other employees — all…

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Habitat Landscape Architects create educational parks in Northern Cape

The client brief called for three principal focuses: the creation of employment opportunities, capacity building or skills development, and maximising the socio and economic impact of the project at the local level. Budgetary and resource limitations coupled with intense local politics resulted in a very challenging environment for design and implementation decisions. In an effort to maximise the impact of the project on the local community and to really understand the context in terms of local needs, social issues and available skills resulted in an extensive and protracted consultation process. Amongst others this process included a “Dream parks” competition for…

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World Skills landscaping international finalists touch down in Brazil

Britain’s World Skills team – including landscapers Jonathon Gill and Matthew Beesley – arrived in Sao Paulo today (7 August) for the world final of the World Skills competition. From 11 to 16 August, 41 of the UK’s most talented apprentices, students and employees will go head to head with 1000 individuals from across the globe to be named the best in the world at their chosen skill. Gill (20) and Beesley (21) both run their own landscaping businesses and were selected in June to represent the UK in Sao Paulo. They will run through practical tests in hard and soft…

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Walk on the wild side

Chris Dalzell, Curator of the Durban Botanic Gardens provides tips and a list of suitable indigenous plants for local gardens. Indigenous gardens are very fashionable as they are known to attract local birds and butterflies and also require less watering and maintenance. The coastal region of KwaZulu-Natal often experiences very windy conditions which play havoc with even the most experienced gardeners. So think carefully when selecting indigenous plants for your garden. Coastal gardening is a challenge, but if you follow the right rules it is fun and very rewarding. As a student horticulturist I spent three months working on the Durban…

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