June 16, 2019


The LafargeHolcim Awards: Entries Open! -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

BTech Students shine at Architectural Awards -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cape Town’s Green Map promoting 10 years of sustainable living on World Environment Day -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Arup breaks ground on new hotel and residential development in airport city in Accra -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Durban’s bold R62bn facelift plan to boost rates base for city -

Thursday, June 13, 2019

New mixed-use student accommodation revitalises Hatfield Square -

Friday, May 31, 2019


Friday, May 31, 2019

Canopy by Hilton to open first Africa property in Cape Town -

Friday, May 31, 2019

Landscape Architecture Foundation announces winners for 2019 Olmsted Scholars Program -

Friday, May 24, 2019

Promenade extension nearing completion -

Friday, May 24, 2019

Arbor City Awards -

Friday, May 24, 2019

Bringing Home the Gold! -

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Alison Hirsch appointed as USC’s director of Masters of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism program -

Friday, May 17, 2019

City mulls a ‘fresh coat’ to curb bark stripping -

Friday, May 17, 2019

New outdoor gym for Bellville Campus -

Friday, May 17, 2019


Friday, May 17, 2019

FutureScape 2019. Book Your Stand Today! -

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Property developer John Rabie launches new venture in Portugal -

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Cape Town winner in City Nature Challenge thanks to residents -

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Friday, May 3, 2019


  • The LafargeHolcim Awards: Entries Open!

    What The LafargeHolcim Awards seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The 6th cycle of the international competition is open for entries until February 25, 2020. The Awards offer a total of USD 2 million in prize money and foreground projects and concepts from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials and construction technology, and related fields. LafargeHolcim Awards main category For exemplary sustainable construction projects at an advanced stage of design from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials and construction technology, and related fields. No age restriction for…

  • BTech Students shine at Architectural Awards

    A BTech Architectural Technology student took top honours in the student category of the annual 2019 SAIAT Architectural Awards. Not only did Shaun Heeger win the Best Student Award but his classmate Farai Munuwa won runner-up, while Tinashe Chidhobha received a highly commended.The function was held in Johannesburg earlier this week. The prize money is in the form of a bursary. The South African Institute of Architectural Technologists (SAIAT), in association with Oggie Hardwood Flooring, invited projects from professionals and students that address the need for socially sustainable living environments. They looked for entries of design proposals that promote quality…

  • Cape Town’s Green Map promoting 10 years of sustainable living on World Environment Day

    The Cape Town Green Map is an interactive and informative online resource which provides Capetonians and tourists with information about how to live, work and play in a manner that reduces their impact on the environment. The online tool was brought to life through a public-private partnership between the City and Mapmyway and supports the City’s vision of a sustainable future. Read more below: The Cape Town Green Map celebrates its tenth birthday on World Environment Day tomorrow, 5 June 2019. All residents and visitors are invited to visit the online portal tomorrow when the newly revamped website is being…

  • Arup breaks ground on new hotel and residential development in airport city in Accra

    Arup is providing full multidisciplinary services for a new 15-storey mixed-use development in Airport City in Accra, Ghana. It will include 214-room Pullman-branded hotel and 150-serviced residential apartments, as well as a conference centre and is a project of many firsts in Ghana. Arup has been working with Inter-Afrique Properties and Paragon since 2015 to develop the initial concept, and then with Accor Hotels, the company behind the Pullman brand of premium hotels for business and leisure. An early works contractor has been appointed and ground has been broken, and negotiations are underway with a major international contractor for the…

  • Durban’s bold R62bn facelift plan to boost rates base for city

    Durban – Ambitious plans to transform Durban’s skyline and increase the city’s rate base are at an advanced stage, with R62 billion being pumped into the inner-city rejuvenation project. The bold plans were showcased at a business breakfast meeting held in Durban last week. The project, which is a partnership between eThekwini municipality and private businesses, will see the Old Drive-in, Rivertown Precinct and beachfront promenade drastically changed. The aim is to move Durban closer towards its vision of being the most liveable and caring city by 2030, as well as to transform the CBD into a place where residents can…


OMA and Laboratorio Permanente to transform two Milanese railway yards into “ecological filters”

May 3, 2019

OMA and Laboratorio Permanente’s Agenti Climatici masterplan will turn two abandoned goods yards in Milan into public parks to filter the city’s air and water pollution. The Agenti Climatic masterplan will see the transformation of the Scalo Farini and Scalo San Cristoforo railway yards on the outskirts of the Italian city. OMA and Laboratorio Permanente plan to turn the former train depots, to the north and south of the city, into “ecological filters”. Scalo Farini, which covers 468,301 square metres, will be transformed into a “green zone” with a large park, while the 140,199-square-metre San Cristoforo site, will become a “blue zone” containing a linear waterway. The green…

Nature conservation champion soars his way to success at the City

May 3, 2019

From volunteer to head of department, Mfundo Tafeni’s career path at the City of Cape Town tells an inspirational story of vision; courage and passion. The City recently appointed Mfundo Tafeni as the Head of Invasive Species Programme within its Biodiversity Management Department. Tafeni started his career at the City in 2008 as a volunteer at the Wolfgat Nature Reserve where he would assist with the youth holiday programmes. This is also where his vision started of working for the City and of making an impact on the way that the City manages its natural resources. Tafeni was in the…

PPC launches brick-making workshops in Gauteng townships

Apr 26, 2019

PPC is running brick-making workshops in various townships across Gauteng with the aim of improving the skills of local brick-makers, enabling them to not only understand the science of accurate mixing of all the necessary materials to produce quality bricks, but also to run their brick-making business efficiently and profitably. Thando Bricks and Hardware workers mixing SureCem and Crusher Sand at PPC brickmaking workshop. Workshops are being run from Katlehong in Ekurhuleni and Soweto in Johannesburg to Mamelodi in Pretoria, where there is a high concentration of brick-makers. “To live up to our brand ethos of ‘Strength beyond’, we aim…

Phase one of White River Crossing development nearing completion

Apr 26, 2019

Fortress REIT says the first phase of its White River Crossing development, a retail and leisure centre near the Kruger National Park, is nearing completion and is on course for its scheduled opening on 22 August. “We started our earthwork in the middle of last year and construction has really gained momentum which puts us on course for a successful opening towards the end of August,” says Izak Kriel, an asset manager at Fortress. “This centre is aimed at both local residents from all walks of life as well as the numerous tourists who visit the area as well as…

Exciting redevelopment of Towers Main begins

Apr 26, 2019

Divercity Urban Renewal Fund has taken transfer of the iconic 30-storey Towers Main building in Johannesburg’s ABSA Precinct and is giving it an exciting new future. An innovative redevelopment will extend the lifespan of this landmark on the Joburg Skyline. The game-changing development will be valued at over R400m once completed. The WBHO / Motheo Joint Venture has been appointed as the contractor for the project and is already on site. The first steps in constructing the next chapter of this tower have already begun. A hoist has been erected up the entire elevation of the 140-metre tall building, one…

Institute of Landscape Architecture Malaysia (ILAM), Regulates the profession of landscape architects

Apr 18, 2019

A LAW is needed to ensure landscape architects are held responsible for the work they do. Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (Ilam) president Assoc Prof Dr Suhardi Maulan said as professionals, landscape architects should be accountable for any project they undertake. “This is to ensure that during the design and planning stage, they have thoroughly thought about the plants and materials used and that standards and safety aspects specified are met.” Dr Suhardi said there should be a Landscape Architects Act, similar to legislation like the Town Planners Act 1995, Architects Act 1967 and Registration of Engineers Act 1967 to…


Apr 18, 2019

The Jabulani node is fast becoming a symbol of how catalytic intervention and strategic capital investments in areas that have been previously marginalised, or have failed to attract private investment, can unlock development potential, stimulate local economies and boost job creation and entrepreneurial development.The development, undertaken by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), will now enter Phase 6B and has become one of the City’s signature projects for using transit-oriented development (TOD) as a catalyst for attracting investment into an area while improving the quality of life of local residents. Phase 6B entails the development of a community and recreational environment…

City calls on residents and professionals to assist with new local development plans for Cape Town

Apr 18, 2019

The City of Cape Town will, over the next few months, review the eight district plans which guide spatial development and land use management on a local level. Residents are directly affected by land use, and the nature, form and location of developments in their areas. Land owners and developers are similarly affected as these plans inform the City’s decisions when we assess development applications. The existing spatial development plans for the eight districts, namely the Cape Flats; Helderberg; Blaauwberg; Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain and Greater Blue Downs; Tygerberg; Table Bay; Northern; and Southern, were approved by the City Council in…

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

Apr 16, 2019

Jewel Changi Airport includes the world’s largest waterfall, a five-story garden, and 280 retail stores and eateries—adding much to the “world’s best” airport Written By: Elizabeth Fazzare FOr The Architectural Digest Singapore‘s Changi Airport is known globally for its visitor experience. In addition to the typical shopping and dining amenities, its terminals are packed with attractions. Terminal 1 boasts a cactus garden, a water lily garden, and a discovery garden, while Terminal 2 plays host to an LED-enhanced “enchanted garden,” a 700-flower orchid garden, and a cheery sunflower-packed rooftop. In Terminal 3, one thousand butterflies live in a tropical habitat—the…

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

Apr 12, 2019

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) of Kirstenbosch will represent South Africa’s diverse floral kingdom at the annual Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show, taking place in London from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 May this year. South Africa has for the last 36 years won gold and the team said they want to bring home another gold medal. The Chelsea Flower Show has been held annually at the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea since 1912 and it is the most famous flower, landscape and garden show in the world. The designer behind the Kirstenbosch 2019…