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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

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

    The Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG)-designed Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant in Copenhagen is finally set to wrap up later this year, and international firm SLA has revealed their final plan for the plant’s 170,000-square foot rooftop park. First revealed in 2011, the biomass-burning plant, with its ski slopes on the roof and a smokestack meant to belch ring-shaped clouds, instantly caught the internet’s attention. Amager Bakke is seen as major step in Copenhagen’s transition to a carbon-free city, as the plant will burn wood pellets made from rotting waste wood instead of coal. Because Amager Bakke is off the coast of…

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

    Call for Abstracts Topics of Interest a. Biophilic City This theme examines our discipline and the practice of landscape architecture in the context of rapidly growing cities. Citing Singapore as an example of a Biophilic City, Timothy Beatley rhetorically questions “Exactly what is a biophilic city, what are its key features and qualities?”.  “Perhaps the simplest answer,” he suggests “is that it is a city that puts nature first in its design, planning, and management; it recognises the essential need for daily human contact with nature as well as the many environmental and economic values provided by nature and natural…

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

    Urban-Think Tank has completed the next phase of its Empower Shack project, bringing safe low-cost housing to residents of South Africa’s informal settlements. The design strategy collective first started studying Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s second largest township, in 2012 and designed and built the first four prototypes alternative slum housing two years later. This year Urban-Think Tank added another 16 units as part of their larger goal to demonstrate an adaptable method of designing safe and accessible housing units within urban plans.     This phase of the project has earned it a spot on the RIBA International Prize 2018 longlist, a biennial…

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

    Article Written by Damian Holmes, Founder and Editor of WLA. He is also a registered Landscape Architect with experience as a landscape architect in Australia, Canada, and China.  Early in 2017, I wrote a post looking at Landscape Architecture trends in 2017 and beyond, many people found this an inspiring piece that also became the inspiration for my presentation at World Design Summit in Montreal in late 2017. Now, in early 2018 it seems an apt time to review that post and look to what to possible trends in 2018 and through into the early 2020’s. Revisiting Landscape Architecture trends in…

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

    The Habitat House. WhatHouse? Habitat House in the Cotswolds has been named the Best House in the UK by the 36th WhatHouse? Awards. The five-bedroom home — which is one of 10 — is made from natural local materials and has floor-to-ceiling windows. Each of its bedrooms boats a balcony with sweeping views of the lake and countryside. A five-bedroom lakeside home in the Cotswolds, complete with a sloping green wildflower roof, has been named the Best House in the UK. The 36th WhatHouse? Awards, which celebrate new homes, developments, and builders in Britain across 20 categories, named Habitat House — which…

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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo honoured at the National Business Awards

Dec 1, 2017

Outpaced only by trophy winner Mintek, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo was lauded with the Highly Commended Award in the Top Performing Public Service category, at the 15th annual National Business Awards on 16 September. JCPZ’s’s achievement at the renowned “Oscars of South African business” resulted from the unanimous verdict of the awards’ Judges, a collective of industry heavyweights. There to hear the accolade announced were a host of business & government leaders, VIPs and media representatives. Also watching, via live social media updates, were thousands of South Africans whose engagement kept the awards trending for several hours. Recent achievements…

Cape Town accepts carbon neutral development challenge

Dec 1, 2017

The City of Cape Town is participating in the C40 Reinventing Cities Programme, a worldwide competition that aims to transform underutilised urban sites into beacons of zero carbon emissions and resilient development. As a signatory to C40 the city has committed to developing and implementing policies and programmes that generate reductions in both greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. To this end the city says it is embarking on a process to make five city owned-sites available to innovative designers and implementers for carbon neutral development proposals. A two-stage process The proposals will form part of a two-stage process where…

NEW Rainbird XFS-CV Dripline

Nov 30, 2017

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Our suppliers at Itacotto have some great Black Friday Deals

Nov 24, 2017

GET IT ALL IN ONE Black Friday Special on Kamado Jan LESS 20% on all units including selected accessories The secret of the Kamado is the ceramic dome. The ceramic shell acts as an insulator to keep the natural oils and moisture in food for incredible juiciness and tenderness. You also get true wood fired flavour because our grills use 100% natural sustainable lump charcoal as a heat source. The Kamado JAN grills allow you to bake, roast, sear, grill, smoke and even bake pizza with a simple adjustment of the air flow. The bottom line is that you can…

Black Friday Deals on the Husqvarna Automower®

Nov 24, 2017

Black Friday Deals you can’t miss! The next generation in lawn care from Husqvarna, the world leaders in robotic mowing, is here. The Husqvarna Automower® is the perfect mowing partner for large and complex gardens. The basic premise behind Husqvarna’s robotic mowing technology is to cut a little and often, which results in a healthier lawn – and more time for landscapers and gardeners to focus on other, more manual jobs. Please contact Husqvarna on info@husqvarna.co.za to request a FREE property consultation so that we can evaluate the garden and recommend the appropriate solution. 450X Automower® R53 999 – INCLUDES…

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

Nov 24, 2017

A thank you to Bernadette Vollmer for her dedication to the role of SACLAP Registrar. Some words from Hendrik van der Hoven and Neal Dunstan as seen on the ILASA website: Ek was op die Beheerraad (dit is nouvoor SACLAP) waarekvir Bernadette leer ken het met haarbetrokkenheid by ILASA en haarhardewerkom ILASA pro-aktieftemaak in die bevordering van landskapagrigitektuur. In die tyd tot nou het Bernadette ‘n besigheidbedryf, getrou, 2 seuntjiesgehad en tussendeur die siekkindersens as registrateur van SACLAP  meer in gesitom die ‘skip’ vlottehou as wat van haarverwag was. Ekweetniewaarsy die energiegekry het omallestebehartig – selfs in tyewaarsynie die ondersteuning van DOW…

Launch of the Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit Announced

Nov 24, 2017

The South African public will get an illuminating view into the country’s high standard of architectural design as the finalists of the 2017 Corobrik-SAIA (South African Institute of Architects) Awards of Merit are showcased at the Ackerman’s forecourt in Menlyn Mall, Corner Atterbury & Lois roads Pretoria from the 20th to the 26th November 2017 The biennial awards are open to all SAIA members nationwide with regional awards presented in the first year of the awards’ cycle and national awards in the second year. Visitors to Menlyn Mall will have an opportunity to view the 60 competition entrants that stand…

New Build in Higgovale for SAOTA

Nov 16, 2017

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

Nov 16, 2017

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

Nov 15, 2017

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,…