March 17, 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

  • Are you a Day Zero Hero?

    ARE YOU A DAY ZERO HERO? We’re looking for architects, engineers, project managers, developers, designers and product developers… anyone who has been working to create more water-efficient residential and commercial buildings. This year, the Green Building Council of South Africa celebrates heroes who are helping to prevent Day Zero. Tell us how you’ve reduced water consumption in a building or building project you’re involved in. Submit a 2 – 3 page summary on your water saving initiative and the impact that it has had. Email it to with the subject heading: DAY ZERO HERO Submissions close 01 May 2018….

  • A look at Sol Kerzner’s new ultra-luxury estate in Cape Town

    The Kerzner family has launched one of the most anticipated developments in Cape Town, the new Kerzner Estate which is set to be one of the most exclusive residential estates in the country, says Seeff Property Group. The 10ha estate is located high on the slopes of Leeukoppie, just off Victoria Road, with views towards Chapman’s Peak, the bay, valley and mountains. The estate offers 48 luxury houses with three, four and five bedrooms, priced from just over R20 million inclusive of VAT with no transfer duty payable. Ross Levin, Seeff Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl developments director, said that…

  • Peter Veenstra to build dome of plants at Design Indaba venue in Cape Town

    Dutch landscape architect Peter Veenstra has revealed plans to build a plant-covered bamboo sphere in Cape Town’s Luthuli Plaza, providing an extra venue for next year’s Design Indaba conference. Veenstra, co-founder of Rotterdam-based LOLA Landscape Architects, was invited by Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo to develop a proposal to transform the elevated plaza, which connects the Artscape Theatre Centre – where the conference takes place – with the city’s transport hub. He responded with a design for a 50-metre-wide dome, which will function as an events space for the city’s communities. It will also respond to Cape Town’s ongoing water…

  • Sustainable construction is integral to superior design at 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards

    Sustainable architecture extends and complements the accepted building design concerns of aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, durability, function and comfort. If one defines sustainability as meeting the needs of present generations without compromising the opportunities of future generations then this means finding the balance between building homes and a sustainable environment. This was said by Dirk Meyer, managing director of Corobrik, ahead of the 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards, which are held every year to acknowledge and reward outstanding talent in South Africa. The competition begins with regional rounds at eight major universities throughout South Africa. Then, the overall national…

  • Zaha Hadid Architects wins contest for water-inspired cultural hub in UAE

    Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed plans for a vast cultural hub at the heart of a new masterplan in the United Arab Emirates city of Sharjah, which will comprise a series of droplet-shaped buildings set around a tapered observation tower. The project known as the Central Hub will cover a 17.5-hectare site at the centre of the new mixed-use development called Aljada. Developed by UAE-based Arada, the urban plan will provide homes for 70,000 residents and offer 500,000 square metres of office space along a 165,000-square-metre shopping district. These facilities will be arranged around Zaha Hadid Architects’ cultural centre, which…



Feb 1, 2018

This year, the Architecture ZA festival (#AZA18) is inviting all those engaged with the built environment to be part of a call for participatory action around how we shape our cities collectively. As our cities evolve in response to global urbanization and climate change, new opportunities are being created toward compact cities, improved resource consumption, economic and social dynamism, market creation, human development and climate change adaptation. Cities need to be sustainable, adaptive and diverse in order to be more resilient in the face of such new scenarios. Under the theme ‘WeTheCity: Memory & Resilience’, the #AZA18 programme will focus…

Greenroof Project Watch: Casa Vallarta

Jan 31, 2018

Another spectacular example of living architecture is the Casa Vallarta.  Driven by home’s extraordinary context on the Mexican Jalisco coast, the architects have connected the home owners with a gorgeous Pacific Ocean panorama surrounding the property. Mini Description & Details Located on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas, Casa Vallarta is a beautiful masterpiece of modern design with a lush ecological aesthetic embracing a wide array of living architecture. Conceived as a vacation oasis in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin designed the home with spectacular ocean views. The use of natural stone and concrete walls create fresh…

Design indaba Conference 2018 21st -23th February

Jan 26, 2018

The Design Indaba conference, which has been named the Best Conference in the World, takes place from 21-23 February 2018. The Design Indaba aims to make a positive impact on society by building a movement that attracts producers of meaningful culture and business, regardless of sector or industry. The first three confirmed speakers of the substantial 2018 panel include celebrated and prolific spatial designer Morag Myerscough who most recently reimagined the interior of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre cafe in London. Dutch landscape architect Peter Veenstra, co-founder of LOLA Architects, created the Adidas Campus headquarters in Germany and is bringing…

2018 IPPS Southern Africa 21st Annual Conference 6 March 2018 – 9 March 2018

Jan 26, 2018

IPPS is a global network of professionals with an interest in plant production, including horticultural research and education, with the aim to improve the knowledge, skills, productivity and professionalism of its members. IPPS has 1600 members over eight geographical regions around the world, spread over four continents. IPPS members have access to educational conferences, field days, seminars and its vast library of horticultural knowledge, the combined proceedings of all annual conferences since 1951. 6 March 2018 – 9 March 2018 Climate Resistant Horticulture 2018 Annual Conference Port Elizabeth, Radisson Blu Hotel, Summerstrand Conference & Post Conference Tour Itinerary Day 1 Tuesday…

The drones that plant trees and deliver profits

Jan 24, 2018

As countries push to regrow forests and combat climate change, start-ups are dreaming up new, faster ways to plant trees. Trees scrub carbon pollution from the air and store it in their leaves and branches. Image: veeterzy, Pexels By Josh Landis and Owen Agnew, Nexus Media Tuesday 23 January 2018 Climate change is a sprawling, complex problem. But there is an astonishingly simple way to make a difference: plant more trees. Trees scrub pollution from the air, reduce erosion, improve water quality, provide homes for animals and insects, and enhance our lives in countless other ways. It turns out that ecosystem…

SANA Bursaries and Training: A Career in Horticulture

Jan 23, 2018

The Green Industry is more than just the study of Horticulture. It includes a variety of employment opportunities all related to growing things. Bursaries are available on application to students who have successfully completed three subjects in their first Academic year of study. The closing date for bursary applications for 2018 is 20 January 2018 and interviews will be held in February. Please ensure that all criteria as indicated on page 1 of the application form, have been adhered to when applying.  No incomplete applications will be accepted.  Kindly note that the bursary will not cover any outstanding fees. For…

Project watch: Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest), Milan

Jan 19, 2018

Designed by Boeri Studio, the Vertical Forest is a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation contributing to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory. It is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city that operates in relation to policies for reforestation and naturalization of large urban and metropolitan borders.   Developed by Hines, the first example of the Vertical Forest consisting of two residential towers of 110 and 76 m height was realized in the centre of Milan, on the edge…

Award winning young architects pave the way to the future  

Jan 19, 2018

The architects of the future are the ones that will completely transform the way that we inhabit this earth and usher in the lived reality that will be the fourth industrial revolution. Speaking at the University of Johannesburg regional awards ceremony for the 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award Musa Shangase, Corobrik Commercial Director told the winners that they would lead the way towards more sustainable living in an era of supper connectivity through mobile devices, the internet of things, cloud computing, self-drive vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, quantum computing and more. Quoting architect Frank Lloyd Wright who…

Reliance and City of Cape Town celebrate a major milestone in the war against waste in the Western Cape

Jan 18, 2018

Reliance, the leading certified organic compost provider in South Africa, who in collaboration with the City of Cape Town, reached a major milestone recently. In the war against waste, it achieved the diversion of 20 MILLION cubic metres of garden refuse from landfill – making the Western Cape the first province in South Africa to achieve this status. Reliance was awarded it’s first City of Cape Town contract to shred green garden refuse collected from the city’s drop-off facilities and landfills in 2001. It has been taking care of the City’s green waste ever since, by up-cycling garden-waste to compost…

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

Jan 12, 2018

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…