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How to make healthy buildings in an era of mass migration
How to make healthy buildings in an era of mass migration

Worldwide population growth and mass migrations are putting the infrastructure of many cities under strain...

By Laura B Alvarez 12 Feb 2018

2018 Architecture ZA festival to focus on new opportunities in shaping our cities
2018 Architecture ZA festival to focus on new opportunities in shaping our cities

This year's Architecture ZA (#AZA18) festival is calling for participatory action from those involved in the built environment on issues around how we shape our cities collectively...

31 Jan 2018

New Mungo Mill a nod to transparent textile design and production
New Mungo Mill a nod to transparent textile design and production

Textile company Mungo, founded 35 years ago by master weaver Stuart Holding, opened a new mill in November at the historic homestead of Old Nick Village in Plettenberg Bay...

31 Jan 2018

A 3D model of a development scenario in Brisbane’s West End produced using ESRI’s CityEngine program. Author supplied
How virtual 3D modelling and simulation can help us create better cities

New technologies offer new possibilities for planning and designing cities...

By Yan Liu, Iderlina Mateo-Babiano and Sebastien Darc 30 Jan 2018

The elephant in the planning scheme: how cities still work around the dominance of parking space
The elephant in the planning scheme: how cities still work around the dominance of parking space

Car parking is expected but often unnoticed, taking up surprisingly large proportions of city space...

By Elizabeth Taylor 29 Jan 2018

R900m Ambassador Hotel redevelopment set for completion mid-2018
R900m Ambassador Hotel redevelopment set for completion mid-2018

Situated in Victoria Road on Cape Town's Atlantic Seaboard, the old Ambassador Hotel is currently being redeveloped into ultra-luxurious apartments...

24 Jan 2018

'Timber roof truss designer' now registered as professional designation
'Timber roof truss designer' now registered as professional designation

A working category of the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), 'timber roof truss designer' has been registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as a professional designation on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)...

22 Jan 2018

Matthew Morris wins PE regional leg of 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award
Matthew Morris wins PE regional leg of 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award

Matthew Morris from the Nelson Mandela University was recently announced the winner at the Port Elizabeth regional awards ceremony for the 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award...

12 Jan 2018

#Newsmaker: Marli de Wet on her award-winning design project
#Newsmaker: Marli de Wet on her award-winning design project

Last year's winner of the Caesarstone Student Designer Competition, Marli de Wet, will this year take up her prize by attending an international design fair of their choice with her Design Time lecturer...

By Jessica Tennant 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Accessible and emerging developments for small architectural firms
#BizTrends2018: Accessible and emerging developments for small architectural firms

Photogrammetry, cloud sharing, remote cloud collaboration, laser scanners, 3D printers, capacitive styluses, augmented and virtual reality design tools with immersive presentations, visual programming, building information modelling, parametric design...

By Louis Cottle 10 Jan 2018

Architecture in 2018: Look to the streets, not the sky
Architecture in 2018: Look to the streets, not the sky

A decade after the global economic collapse, urban development is booming...

By Sean Weiss 5 Jan 2018

Refurbishment, extension for Kwagga Mall
Refurbishment, extension for Kwagga Mall

Located in Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga, Kwagga Plaza is being refurbished by MDS Architecture for McCormick Property Development...

19 Dec 2017

Artem galleria parking area to be transformed into urban gallery
Artem galleria parking area to be transformed into urban gallery

With the Artem shopping centre in Sea Point currently undergoing extensive renovations, the entire parking area is set to become a giant canvas...

19 Dec 2017

It's time to recognise how harmful high-rise living can be for residents
It's time to recognise how harmful high-rise living can be for residents

The fire at Grenfell Tower has catapulted high-rise social housing into the public consciousness, in a way not seen since the 1960s...

By Royce Turner and Andrea Wigfield 11 Dec 2017

Shipping containers and commercial property - a sign of the times
Shipping containers and commercial property - a sign of the times

The development of shipping containers in the 1950s transformed the face of the transport industry...

By Leon Breytenbach 11 Dec 2017

Da'Realty revamps Sea Point shopping centre
Da'Realty revamps Sea Point shopping centre

The Adelphi Centre in Sea Point, Cape Town, is currently undergoing extensive renovations...

23 Nov 2017

Entries open for biennial AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation
Entries open for biennial AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation

Founded by AfriSam and the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), the 2017/18 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation is now open for entries...

22 Nov 2017

SA architect Handre de la Rey's concrete sunglasses launch to market
SA architect Handre de la Rey's concrete sunglasses launch to market

Concrete sunglasses have for the first time been made available for commercial retail. The designer behind the range is South African architect Handre de la Rey...

20 Nov 2017

AHEC Seed to Seat Initiative to be displayed in CT
AHEC Seed to Seat Initiative to be displayed in CT

The American Hardwood Export Council's 'Seed to Seat' furniture collaborative will be displayed at Young Blood Gallery in Cape Town from 20 November to 20 December...

17 Nov 2017

Inhouse designs new interior for Hartlief Gardens
Inhouse designs new interior for Hartlief Gardens

Design studio, Inhouse, recently created the design concept for meat manufacturing company Harlief Deli's newly revamped branch in Gardens Shopping Centre in Cape Town...

16 Nov 2017

Pearson Conservatory in decay despite upgrade
Pearson Conservatory in decay despite upgrade

Six years after the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality spent R5.5m renovating the Pearson Conservatory at St George's Park, the historical building is falling apart...

By Devon Koen 15 Nov 2017

How Cape Town found a creative solution to reusing a 90-year old grain elevator
How Cape Town found a creative solution to reusing a 90-year old grain elevator

The Cape Town grain elevator, originally built by the government in Table Bay Harbour over 90 years ago, has recently opened as the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA)...

By David Worth 7 Nov 2017

Port Elizabeth Opera House
PE firm recognised for work on Opera House, Campanile and Mendi centre

Raking in the accolades, The Matrix cc Urban Designers and Architects recently received three awards from the South African Institute of Architecture - Eastern Cape...

By Devon Koen 30 Oct 2017

GIBB scoops top prize in 2017 Top 500 Awards
GIBB scoops top prize in 2017 Top 500 Awards

Black-owned engineering and architecture consulting company GIBB has been ranked number one in the consulting engineers sector in the 2017 Top 500 Awards...

25 Oct 2017

Abland to restore old Loftus "Sinbin"
Abland to restore old Loftus "Sinbin"

Adjacent to Loftus Versfeld, where once stood the infamous Sinbin, Abland is developing Loftus Park, a new mixed-use precinct...

23 Oct 2017

Engineers could learn a lot from dance when designing urban transport
Engineers could learn a lot from dance when designing urban transport

There is little more important for the sustainability of cities than the ways we move around them...

By John Bingham-Hall 20 Oct 2017

Italy's high-rise forests take root around the world
Italy's high-rise forests take root around the world

As balconies bristle with tree branches and sunshine dapples the leaves of thousands of plants, two apartment buildings in the heart of Milan have almost disappeared under lush forest...

9 Oct 2017

Business of Design speaker Q&A: Jeremy Stewart
Business of Design speaker Q&A: Jeremy Stewart

Business of Design (BoD) is back with a speaker lineup of note. The two-day seminar is held annually in Cape Town and Johannesburg during October and doesn't just focus on design in itself but has a much broader vision for the field in all areas of business...

By Jessica Tennant 5 Oct 2017

Invoking debate - Q&A with Zeitz MOCAA curator Mark Coetzee
Invoking debate - Q&A with Zeitz MOCAA curator Mark Coetzee

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art has seen well over the estimated amount of visitors stream through its doors since opening this past Heritage Weekend and executive director and chief curator Mark Coetzee predicts that interest and traffic will only increase.

By Ruth Cooper 4 Oct 2017

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