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Building regulations workshop helps standardise construction in South Africa

There is a deep concern in South Africa that National Building Regulations developed by the South African government are not being implemented by builders, architects, and engineers...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 7 hours ago

The Big 5: Captains of BIM in South Africa

Building information modelling (or BIM) has exploded onto the building and construction landscape in recent years, with South Africa following in the footsteps of the UK and Canada in adopting these collaborative tools...

Issued by BIM Institute 1 day ago

ASAQS launches programme to support quantity surveying students

The skills shortage in the South African built environment is exacerbated by...

1 day ago

Pipe-joining technology can help address welder shortage

The South African economy is hampered by a tragic irony...

By Barry van Jaarsveld 3 days ago

Insuring infrastructure projects from concept to completion

Infrastructure projects are complex, often large and long-term undertaking, and the inherent risk can have far-reaching consequences for every stakeholder throughout their lifecycle...

3 days ago

Cities are complex systems - let's start looking at them that way

The way we design our cities needs a serious rethink...

By Nicholas Stevens and Paul Salmon 3 days ago

Repainting the local sponsorship picture with Kansai Plascon

Kansai Plascon, better known as Plascon to most, sponsored a duo for the Absa Cape Epic. Their corporate and digital communication specialist Zurita Moore explains why and how this ties into the brand's new positioning: ‘designed for life'...

By Leigh Andrews 25 Apr 2017

Work commences on Atlantic Hills Business Park

Work has begun on a new industrial precinct situated on the slopes of the Durbanville Hills estate...

25 Apr 2017

Numsa expects steel talks to be a test of state's resolve

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) expects unusually difficult wage talks in SA's embattled steel and engineering sector in 2017...

By Karl Gernetzky 25 Apr 2017

Johannesburg and Accra, inching their way up the urban food chain

Like it or not, we measure the success (or failure) of cities according to broad principles of urban culture inherited largely from the west...

By Lesley Lokko 25 Apr 2017

LafargeHolcim CEO to step down over Syria probe

French-Swiss cement maker LafargeHolcim said on Monday, 24 April, its chief executive Eric Olsen is stepping down following an internal investigation into the company's activities in Syria...

25 Apr 2017

Inhouse Brand Architects designs GAIA CT office

Infrastructure investment company GAIA commissioned interior design firm Inhouse Brand Architects to design its new Cape Town office space...

24 Apr 2017

Fly-by-night fabricators undermine stainless steel promise

Consumers tend to veer towards the cheapest option during tough economic times and some contractors may be tempted to cut corners...

24 Apr 2017

Mpumalanga tourism gets a lift

A 51-metre glass elevator will provide a whole new perspective on God's Window, one of South Africa's most well-known natural beauty spots...

21 Apr 2017

Water scarcity and smart technology solutions

South Africa is predicted to continue experiencing high levels of water stress...

By Laura Caetano 21 Apr 2017

Kenya, Tanzania decorative paints, coatings market set for high growth

The combined Kenyan and Tanzanian decorative paints and coatings market is expected to achieve a CAGR of 6.7% up by 2020...

21 Apr 2017

Fighting injustice helps in creating resilient urban spaces

Resilience is a word that's thrown around a lot these days. It means different things to different people...

By Gina Ziervogel and Lorena Pasquini 21 Apr 2017

Blok to launch development in Bo-Kaap

Urban property developer Blok will be launching a new development concept in Cape Town's Bo-Kaap with the aim of providing urban homes to a more diverse range of incomes...

20 Apr 2017

Kwane acquires 63.75% stake in TFM Group

Kwane Capital has acquired a 63.75% stake in the TFM Group in a cash transaction...

20 Apr 2017

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International

Transforming the built environment

The Tour & Taxis building in Brussels, Belgium is a brick, glass and wrought iron example of 19th-century architecture. The massive formerly industrial site is now home to cultural events and business offices. Its new purpose deserves a new design. Vincent Callebaut Architecture recently released plans to turn the concrete heritage site into a green, sustainable, modern piece of architecture in line with the goals of conservation in urban spaces.

By Jamie Matroos 5 Apr 2017

Lafarge loses Paris 'beach' deal over support for Trump wall

The City of Paris on Tuesday, 28 March, dumped French-Swiss group LafargeHolcim as supplier of sand for the makeshift "Paris Plages" beach over the company's readiness to supply cement for US President Donald Trump's controversial border wall.

29 Mar 2017

Eco-friendly digs for the modern nomad

Portuguese startup Ecocubo's 96ft2 prefab is intended to host nomads who find themselves roughing it in the wild. It's an environmentally friendly alternative living space designed by architect António Fernandes in collaboration with the Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto (UPTEC).

By Bo Bushwinkel 16 Mar 2017

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