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Nano-architects design materials that can work together at very tiny scales, like these interlocking gears made of carbon tubes and benzene molecules. NASA
Molecular architects: how scientists design new materials

When Thomas Edison wanted a filament for his light bulb, he scoured the globe collecting thousands of candidates before settling on bamboo...

By Gregory McColm 2 days ago

Stick to the rules when renovating a sectional title unit
Stick to the rules when renovating a sectional title unit

An alteration to a sectional title unit is not permitted without the prior consent of the trustees of the body corporate and the local municipality...

2 days ago

Dutch designer creates flexible wood for furniture range
Dutch designer creates flexible wood for furniture range

Designer Carolien Laro contradicts the notion of wood as a rigid material with her springy wooden furniture...

By Kate Walker 26 Apr 2016

Finance leaders discuss robust global green finance mechanisms
Finance leaders discuss robust global green finance mechanisms

The Paulson Institute in America and the Green Finance Committee of China Society for Finance and Banking recently convened a half-day symposium of global finance leaders and experts to discuss recommendations for the development of robust global green finance mechanisms and markets...

26 Apr 2016

Thatched cottages in the hotel surrounds
R75m refurbishment for Premier Hotel Sani Pass

Located in the Mkomazana Valley in the southern Drakensburg, Premier Hotel Sani Pass is due to undergo a full refurbishment that's estimated to conclude on 1 December 2016...

25 Apr 2016

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Transforming the city through design

No longer just comprising architects or qualified designers, the rise of trans-disciplinary companies or collectives will include a wide range of skills and experience...

25 Apr 2016

Decorex 2016 focuses on indigenous design
Decorex 2016 focuses on indigenous design

Decorex 2016 will this year celebrate the spirit of Africa with Trend Pods designed to mark the turning point in Africa's design identity...

22 Apr 2016

Thomas Chapman: Welcoming change in the "ugly" city
Thomas Chapman: Welcoming change in the "ugly" city

Founder of Local Studio, Thomas Chapman has directed his efforts towards social change through clever architecture in Johannesburg...

By Jamie Matroos 22 Apr 2016

Master Mason Hakiza Emmanuel worked on the volcanic stone facades of the Butaro Hospital, Rwanda.
African Design Centre fellowship programme to open in September

Based in Kigali, the African Design Centre has launched a two-year fellowship programme to train the creative leaders who will design a more sustainable Africa...

21 Apr 2016

Increase of households in formal dwellings
Increase of households in formal dwellings

The number of households living in formal dwellings across the country has increased between 2002 and 2014, Stats SA Statistician-General Pali Lehohla said on Wednesday, 20 April...

21 Apr 2016

Tributes flow in for Plate Glass founder
Tributes flow in for Plate Glass founder

Tributes are pouring in for Bertie Lubner, who with his brother Ronnie turned a small family business into a building materials giant - Plate Glass...

By Mark Allix 20 Apr 2016

GVK-Siya Zama oversees maintenance of Castle of Good Hope
GVK-Siya Zama oversees maintenance of Castle of Good Hope

Specialists in the construction, renovation and recycling of buildings, GVK-Siya Zama, are currently busy with repairs and maintenance to the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town.

20 Apr 2016

Four tips on BIM for construction, infrastructure managers
Four tips on BIM for construction, infrastructure managers

It's here and it's changing everything: building information modelling (BIM) is a digital revolution transforming the competitive landscape of the construction industry...

By Kenny Ingram 20 Apr 2016

Ismail Rothman, Corobrik Building training coordinator shows CPUT learners how to lay paving.
CPUT-Corobrik Construction Week provides practical learning opportunities

The third Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)-Corobrik Construction Week was held at the end of 2015 on the Bellville Campus of CPUT...

19 Apr 2016

Construction of Delft ECD Centre of Excellence begins
Construction of Delft ECD Centre of Excellence begins

Monday, 18 April 2016, marked the official start of construction of the Delft Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre of Excellence...

19 Apr 2016

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Cement sales rise 7.7% in 2015 to 13-million tons

The 7.7% increase in cement sales volumes in 2015 to 13-million tons after a 0.8% drop in 2014 suggest a booming construction sector...

By Helmo Preuss 19 Apr 2016

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Lagos now wears a new look

An oft-told tale of Lagos's once-notorious traffic jams is that of a taxi passenger stuck in a snarl-up who left the vehicle, wandered into a roadside restaurant to eat, drank a beer, took a nap and returned to the vehicle that had not moved an inch...

By Kingsley Ighobor 18 Apr 2016

15 uniquely built hotels in Africa
15 uniquely built hotels in Africa

As Africa increasingly becomes a desired destination for millions of local and international travellers, hotel owners have incorporated innovative ways of staying afloat the industry, by using distinctive building styles and architecture that by themselves are an attraction...

18 Apr 2016

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Bringing life to architecture

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's school of architecture has been busy at work for the first few months of this year with yet another exhibition of student work under way, this time at the Alliance Française in Richmond Hill...

By Devon Koen 15 Apr 2016

Sustainable design has been solved - why are we ignoring it?
Sustainable design has been solved - why are we ignoring it?

In nature, failures become fossils and survivors are the pinnacle of proven patterns and sustainable strategies for success...

By Cormac Farrell 15 Apr 2016

Innovative origami material paves the way for shape-shifting architecture
Innovative origami material paves the way for shape-shifting architecture

Harvard University engineers have developed an origami-based material that has the ability to change its shape, size and volume on demand...

By Kate Walker 15 Apr 2016

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Engineering the risk

Large engineering projects are characterised by substantial irreversible commitments, skewed reward structures when succesful, and high probabilities of failure...

By Alvin Dye 14 Apr 2016

Connectivity was the key for the new Mall of Africa
Connectivity was the key for the new Mall of Africa

The new single-phase shopping centre development, the Mall of Africa, situated in Waterfall City, with excellent access from Pretoria, Sandton and Joburg, is to open on 28 April 2016. Road access is a key feature of the project...

14 Apr 2016

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Government must spend more on water and electricity infrastructure

Approximately 80% of South African engineering professionals do not think that the government will allocate sufficient funds towards projects aimed at addressing the country's electricity and water crises...

14 Apr 2016

New Flowcrete office for East Africa
New Flowcrete office for East Africa

Flowcrete South Africa recently opened a new resin flooring business in Nairobi, Kenya...

14 Apr 2016

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Rammed earth on the rise

Of more than twenty different types of earth construction techniques, rammed earth has been lauded for its durability, sophisticated environmental performance and striking earthen beauty...

By Mary Anne Constable 14 Apr 2016

All-female team to repair roads in Heideveld
All-female team to repair roads in Heideveld

The Heideveld all-female roads repair team is the fourth to be appointed by the City of Cape Town and is part of the Women at Work Programme...

13 Apr 2016

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Coming soon: Energy performance certificates for buildings

Mid-2016 is the target date for the release of South Africa's regulation for the energy performance certificates for buildings, which will move the country forward in line with international best practice in energy conservation and monitoring...

By Robin Hayes 13 Apr 2016

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