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

Nov 14, 2017

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

Nov 10, 2017

  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…

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

Nov 10, 2017

The economy, to put it mildly, is in the doldrums. This grim picture was laid bare by the depressing figures that Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, shared with the nation during the medium-term budget policy statement a few days ago. It is not the bleak economic picture that the finance minister painted that depressed South Africans, but rather the increasingly limited options that the country is facing as it continues to helplessly slide down the cliff towards the dark abyss below. The finance minister revised growth from the snail pace of 1.3% to 0.7% in 2017. The consolidated budget deficit is…

An indoor garden concept

Nov 10, 2017

  An indoor garden concept uses the soil below the house to bring a bit of greenery into the living space Indoor gardens can be very charming. Not only is it a great way to bring a natural life into your home, it also helps to improve the air quality. Windowsill herb gardens have been popular for decades now and we’re seeing living walls taking root all over the place too but it’s not often that we see indoor gardens making use of the actual soil available below the house. Brazilian landscape architect Juliana Freitas created a gorgeous indoor garden…

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

Nov 10, 2017

The intricate contrast of colour and texture has showcased the best features of Corobrik’s clay paver range, more than 400 000 of which were used for the urban enhancement of the iconic Kliptown Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication as well as Union Avenue and Square Road, all based in Soweto, Johannesburg. Forming part of the Kliptown Public Environment Upgrade, the 24 000 sqm paving project – completed in July 2017 – was commissioned by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA). This branch of the city was established to efficiently manage and facilitate the development of an equitable, sustainable and resilient city…

Inauguration of 2017- 2021 SACLAP Council

Oct 27, 2017

The SACLAP registrar has announced that the 2017-2021 Council was inaugurated on Friday 20 October 2017. At this meeting the office bearers were decided upon. ILASA wishes to congratulate the following council members and wishes them all the best in their new official positions. SACLAP Presidential appointments; Thabo Munyai – President Frans van Wyk – Vice President Registration Committee: Elise van Staden (Chair Person) Willie Mothowamodimo Finance Committee: Thabo Munyai Francis Nzama (Chair Person) Education Committee: Gregory Mofokeng Frans van Wyk (Chair Person) Francis Nzama Professional Practice Committee: Ralene Fischer Herman de Lange Edward Hutamo (Chair Person) The Registration Committee…

Why composting is the greenest thing you can do

Oct 26, 2017

The amount of urban waste being produced is growing faster than the rate of urbanisation. According to the World Bank by 2025 there will be 1.4 billion more people living in cities worldwide, with each person producing an average of 1.42kg of municipal solid waste per day. In South Africa alone, organic waste (i.e. perfectly compostable material) is one of the highest waste contributors to overflowing landfills, which are the largest source of methane gasses. Fruits, vegetables and cereals are said to have the highest wastage rates of any food, while one third of all food produced in South Africa…

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…