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Biomimicry and the future of utilities

Claire Janisch, founder of Biomimicry South Africa, took to the podium at this year's African Utility Week to share how biomimicry could influence the future of utilities...

By Sindy Peters 23 hours ago

Parklet urban intervention installed at V&A Waterfront
Parklet urban intervention installed at V&A Waterfront

Blok, in partnership with Future Cape Town, GAPP Architects and Cameron Barnes Furniture, officially relaunched their parklet public intervention at the V&A Waterfront on Wednesday, 16 May.

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TNPA, eThekwini Municipality's sand pumping initiative nourishes Durban beaches

The special beach nourishment programme involves deploying one of TNPA's dredging vessels, the Ilembe, out at sea...

3 hours ago

Kenyan president receives 2018 African Road Builders award
Kenyan president receives 2018 African Road Builders award

Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya, has been recognised with the 2018 African Road Builders (ARB) award...

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Could Antarctic icebergs be the solution to Cape Town's water crisis?
Could Antarctic icebergs be the solution to Cape Town's water crisis?

The extensive drought in SA has brought to the fore many a creative solution...

By Sindy Peters 18 May 2018

Mexican library recognised as one of the best in the world
Mexican library recognised as one of the best in the world

The Tecnológico de Monterrey new Main Library has been recognised in the Library Interior Design Awards 2018 as "The Best Academic Library in the World" in the over 30,000ft2 category...

18 May 2018

Vissershok Landfill is one of the few Western Cape waste sites that is fully operational and compliant with regulation. Photo: Eryn Scannell
Western Cape's mounting rubbish problem

"We have a serious waste problem in the Western Cape. We are running out of landfill space," Minister of Environmental Affairs Anton Bredell warned in a press release...

By Annie Cebulski 18 May 2018

Foster+Partners unveils plans for a new sustainable city in India
Foster+Partners unveils plans for a new sustainable city in India

Foster+Partners has unveiled images for a new masterplan in the new administrative capital of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, India...

17 May 2018

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#AfricaMonth: Living African laboratories

As a key market and potential innovator, Africa is poised for rapid adoption, skipping generations of inherited ideas and practices to emerge as an early adopter for innovative solutions that take cognisance of the unique African context...

By Warren Hewitt 16 May 2018

Sandton's Bull Run closes its doors for a R12m makeover
Sandton's Bull Run closes its doors for a R12m makeover

Popular Johannesburg restaurant, The Bull Run, is getting a full refurbishment to the tune of R12m. "We decided, that with a trendy new development springing up next door, the time has come for a complete refurbishment."

16 May 2018

R500m incentive for metals engineering sector
R500m incentive for metals engineering sector

Trade and industry minister Rob Davies has announced the establishment of the metals and engineering incentive aimed at stimulating investment in the sector...

16 May 2018

Natural catastrophes a top risk for engineering, construction, real estate businesses
Natural catastrophes a top risk for engineering, construction, real estate businesses

Risks of storms, earthquakes and floods are a top concern for businesses...

15 May 2018

Entries open for 2019 PPC Imaginarium Awards
Entries open for 2019 PPC Imaginarium Awards

Entries are now open for the 2019 PPC Imaginarium Awards in South Africa and Zimbabwe...

15 May 2018

Construction companies in danger of downgraded B-BBEE status - survey
Construction companies in danger of downgraded B-BBEE status - survey

According to a snap survey by TaranisCo Advisory, a large number of construction companies are in danger of having their B-BBEE status downgraded...

14 May 2018

Wutopia Lab designs magical restaurant for kids in China
Wutopia Lab designs magical restaurant for kids in China

Shanghai's Wutopia Lab was commissioned by Aranya to renovate part of its club house into a restaurant for kids in Qinhuangdao, China...

14 May 2018

The Ancient Church of Vilanova de la Barca, Lleida, Spain by AleaOlea architecture & landscape. Image © Adria Goula
These 20 new buildings are RIBA's best in the world

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners in the 2018 RIBA Awards for International Excellence...

11 May 2018

City of Cape Town explains new water tariffs
City of Cape Town explains new water tariffs

Reduced revenue and the increased cost of water supply infrastructure mean that the City of Cape Town has to raise water tariffs...

By Aidan Jones 10 May 2018

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Kanye West to launch his own architecture firm

World-renowned rapper and producer Kanye West has announced plans to establish his own architecture firm...

10 May 2018

65% increase in number of adjudications in SA construction industry
65% increase in number of adjudications in SA construction industry

According to findings from MDA Attorneys' recently released third annual Adjudication Survey, 2017 saw a 65% increase in the number of adjudications in the South Africa construction industry compared to 2016...

9 May 2018

Corobrik SAIA Architectural Awards recognises innovation, design excellence
Corobrik SAIA Architectural Awards recognises innovation, design excellence

Friday, 4 May, saw 180 architects and built environment professionals gather in Pretoria for the Corobrik SAIA Institute of Architects (SAIA) Awards gala...

9 May 2018

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Cape Town becoming top art lovers destination

Cape Town boasts many iconic experiences, but it is fast becoming the world's newest art hot spot. Now there are new experiences for art aficionados as Cape Town finds its feet among the art capitals of the world, with artwork transcending the traditional craftwork mostly associated with Africa...

9 May 2018

African Utility Week Industry Awards finalists announced
African Utility Week Industry Awards finalists announced

The awards recognises pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry...

8 May 2018

Frank Gehry revises plans for Ocean Avenue Tower in Santa Monica
Frank Gehry revises plans for Ocean Avenue Tower in Santa Monica

Frank Gehry has released an updated version of plans for his new Ocean Avenue Tower in Santa Monica, California...

8 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa
#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa

People across Africa face considerable challenges - many of them existential. But, without the right devices, connectivity, and skills, those who badly need their problems solved often can't access available solutions...

By Greg Morris 8 May 2018

MBAWC transforms lives through cadet programme
MBAWC transforms lives through cadet programme

Irwil Adonis, Gabaitsiwe Medupe and Arthur Mills were three unskilled South Africans before embarking on...

7 May 2018

Studio Gang unveils plans for its first curvy LA tower
Studio Gang unveils plans for its first curvy LA tower

US architecture firm Studio Gang has unveiled plans for its new tower in Los Angeles, featuring a curvaceous form...

7 May 2018

Why people should be at the centre when designing and delivering buildings of the future
Why people should be at the centre when designing and delivering buildings of the future

Designers often get so caught up in the technology involved in buildings of the future, that they forget who a building is ultimately designed for: people...

4 May 2018

Thorsten Deckler calls on young architects to put themselves on the map
Thorsten Deckler calls on young architects to put themselves on the map

Keynote speaker at the recent 31st Corobrik Architectural Awards, Thorsten Deckler invited young architects to put themselves on the map...

3 May 2018

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Making cities cooler is a no brainer - so why are we doing so little about it?

You walk through a park in a city on a warm day, then cross out to a narrow street lined with tall buildings...

By Tiziana Susca and Francesco Pomponi 2 May 2018

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