November 19, 2017

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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

Cape Town is the first city in Africa to be named a UNESCO City of Design -

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Greenspace Takes Over London with WATG’s ‘Green Block’ Proposal -

Friday, November 10, 2017

It’s time we accelerate closer collaboration between private sector and beneficiaries to enable successful land reform -

Friday, November 10, 2017

An indoor garden concept -

Friday, November 10, 2017

Corobrik’s clay pavers create inspired walkways in Kliptown Public Environment Upgrade -

Friday, November 10, 2017

Inauguration of 2017- 2021 SACLAP Council -

Friday, October 27, 2017

Why composting is the greenest thing you can do -

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Department of Environmental affairs: Working for Eco Systems -

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Importance of Gardens in Ecosystems -

Friday, October 20, 2017

Afrilandscapes rises to the occasion with top notch greening plan for grain silo district at the V&A Waterfront -

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lucrative vacation vocation available with HUsqvarna -

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Why Skyscrapers Now Look Like Trees in Cities Around the World -

Friday, October 13, 2017

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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

Monday, October 9, 2017

Successful bidder announced for Clifton Precinct development, Cape Town -

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

R7.5 million Smart Park in Seawinds -

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

CityTree: Compact Green Wall Cleanses City -

Thursday, September 28, 2017

  • New Build in Higgovale for SAOTA

    Located in the leafy suburb of Higgovale, set below the iconic Table Mountain, House Invermark overlooks the city and harbour of Cape Town. Forty seven years after receiving a medal for excellence, House Invermark has been awarded a prestigious Commendation from the Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA), in recognition of noteworthy contributions to architecture. Save this picture! Ground Floor Plan Designed originally for himself by respected South African architect Gilbert Colyn in 1969, it was inspired by two iconic modernist houses, namely that of Phillip Johnson’s 1949 Glass House and Mies van der Rohe’s 1951 Farnsworth House. The house was…

  • Horticulturists and herbalists join hands

    Motivated by CPUT’s resolve to conduct research that seeks to address society’s challenges, CPUT academics are collaborating with herbalists to validate their work. Prof Learnmore Kambizi, a lecturer in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, is leading a team of academics and postgraduate students that will help the herbalists establish and maintain herbal gardens as well as cultivate some medicinal plant species that would not ordinarily grow in the Western Cape. They aim to do this done through hydroponics and tissue culture techniques available at CPUT. Kambizi was invited recently to speak at a well-attended seminar convened by the Western Cape…

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

    The City of Cape Town is participating in the C40 Reinventing Cities Programme, a worldwide competition calling on the private sector and communities to devise carbon neutral development solutions and designs for underutilised publicly owned sites in C40 member cities. With the Reinventing Cities competition kicking off today, we are embarking on a process to make available five City owned-sites to innovative designers and implementers for carbon neutral development proposals. The purpose of the C40 Reinventing Cities Programme is to transform underutilised urban sites into beacons of zero carbon emissions and resilient development. Cape Town is a signatory to C40,…

  • Cape Town is the first city in Africa to be named a UNESCO City of Design

    The Cape joins 180 cities in 72 countries committed to the promotion and development of innovation and creativity. “Cape Town has many challenges but with that comes opportunities to bridge the divide while using creativity as a tool to create a better world.” This was the sentiment put forth by the Design Indaba team when Cape Town was chosen as the first city in Africa to be named a UNESCO City of Design. Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable…

  • Greenspace Takes Over London with WATG’s ‘Green Block’ Proposal

      London Mayor Sadiq Khan proposed the challenge — how does London become a designated National Park City— and WATG, London-based landscape team, headed by Demet Karaoglu, accepted the challenge. In addressing the Mayor’s challenge, the team worked with Daniel Raven-Ellison, Guerrilla Geographer and Creative Explorer leading London’s campaign to become the world’s first National Park City.   ‘Green Block’ is the modular concept WATG has proposed to fuel their exploration of how to transform cities toward a greener future. The highly adaptable, 100% recyclable ‘Green Block’ is a living building material impregnated with native wildflower seeds. The unit is maintenance free with its integrated irrigation reservoir and…

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The Department of Environmental affairs: Working for Eco Systems

Oct 25, 2017

Introduction and background It is estimated that nearly 5.7 million hectares of untransformed land in South Africa has been degraded. To optimise the benefits from this land there is an urgent need for a country-wide land restoration programme to address this challenge. The need for such a programme are emphasised by the fact that by far the largest component of degraded land are situated in the former homelands where dependence on natural resources, high population densities and unplanned extraction and management of natural resources (especially wood and unsustainable grazing and fire regimes) reduced livelihood options. These poor, and energy and food…

The Importance of Gardens in Ecosystems

Oct 20, 2017

ALL green areas – whether planted landscapes, wild areas, or a road verge with weeds – contribute to the urban ecosystem. They are vital to our well-being: green areas produce air for us to breathe, they filter pollution, absorb storm water and reduce flooding, purify water and maintain a pleasant temperature. Without sufficient planted areas and infiltration – due to the many tarred and paved areas, and reflective surfaces – the city heats up. This is known as the urban heat island effect: pollution levels rise and our quality of life decreases. On summer days, especially when there is no…

Afrilandscapes rises to the occasion with top notch greening plan for grain silo district at the V&A Waterfront

Oct 19, 2017

AfriLandscapes, a division of AfriServ SA, was awarded the landscaping contract to develop and implement a world class greening plan that would complement the built environment of the prestigious Grain Silo Precinct at the internationally-renowned Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. The historic Grain Silo, as it was formerly known, now houses the world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from across Africa and its diaspora. Called the Zeitz MOCAA, the museum opened its doors to the public in September this year. According to Landscaping Manager, Julian Bartels, this was an exciting project to head up, both from a…

Lucrative vacation vocation available with HUsqvarna

Oct 17, 2017

  SA rapper icon Jack Parow created a social media storm this week with the launch of South Africa’s laziest job competition. Parow, who proclaims he has a ‘PhD in chilling during the day’, urged students and recent graduates seeking well-paid holiday employment to apply for SA’s laziest summer job, where languishing in the garden in a deck chair for 10 days is about the most strenuous requirement. The search for three successful candidates – in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town – was launched by Parow on behalf of Husqvarna South Africa – leading gardening, forestry and agricultural equipment supplier….

Why Skyscrapers Now Look Like Trees in Cities Around the World

Oct 13, 2017

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…

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

Oct 10, 2017

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…

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

Oct 9, 2017

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…

Successful bidder announced for Clifton Precinct development, Cape Town

Oct 4, 2017

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…

R7.5 million Smart Park in Seawinds

Oct 3, 2017

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…

CityTree: Compact Green Wall Cleanses City

Sep 28, 2017

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…