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New vertical residences in Eindhoven to be designed by MVRDV
New vertical residences in Eindhoven to be designed by MVRDV

This mosaic-like structure combines urban farming, housing and more in the Eindhoven city centre...

18 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: Corobrik supports skills development, social upliftment in its CSI efforts
#CSIMonth: Corobrik supports skills development, social upliftment in its CSI efforts

A core focus in the Corobrik CSI strategy is upskilling members of the communities in which it operates...

By Sindy Peters 17 Jul 2017

The next step in sustainable design: Bringing the weather indoors
The next step in sustainable design: Bringing the weather indoors

A building's primary purpose may be to keep the weather out, but most do such an effective job of this that they also inadvertently deprive us of contact with two key requirements for our well-being and effectiveness: nature and change...

By Kevin Nute 14 Jul 2017

Rejuvenating inner cities cannot be at the expense of communities
Rejuvenating inner cities cannot be at the expense of communities

Inner city rejuvenation has gained momentum globally over the last couple of years, says Hassan Shaikh, founder of Revolve, with a strong focus on brownfield sites (existing buildings) and repurposing these buildings into mixed-use spaces...

13 Jul 2017

Africa shows rising interest in green building design
Africa shows rising interest in green building design

The UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative attributed 30% of annual carbon emissions to the global building sector...

By Alison Groves 13 Jul 2017

GGC2017 to tackle critical issues in green building space
GGC2017 to tackle critical issues in green building space

The fifth Going Green Conference (GGC2017) is set for 13-15 September in Pietermaritzburg...

By Sindy Peters 13 Jul 2017

Better Living Challenge phase two launch
Second phase of Better Living Challenge to focus on upgrading informal homes

The Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) recently launched the second iteration of the Better Living Challenge (BLC) at the Nyanga Arts Development Centre in the Western Cape...

6 Jul 2017

Community participation not simply a check-box task
Community participation not simply a check-box task

“Each urban development affects not only those that invest in it or occupy the buildings and places within it, but the wider community...

4 Jul 2017

Arup provides multidisciplinary engineering services on Park Square project
Arup provides multidisciplinary engineering services on Park Square project

Currently being developed by Nedport Developments, a fully owned subsidiary of Nedbank, Park Square is a a mixed-use office and retail project situated in the Umhlanga New Town Centre in KwaZulu-Natal...

30 Jun 2017

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DDS Projects takes home six SALI Awards of Excellence

Along with the trophy award for the Best Environmental Landscape Work, DDS Projects has walked off with six awards at the annual South African Landscaping Institute (SALI) Awards of Excellence...

30 Jun 2017

How UWC plans to turn mountains of coal-ash into low-cost building materials
How UWC plans to turn mountains of coal-ash into low-cost building materials

Thanks to groundbreaking research from the University of the Western Cape (UWC), the artificial coal-ash mountains that changed the landscape of the Highveld and Mpumalanga, posing a significant environmental threat, could become a thing of the past...

29 Jun 2017

Government building achieves four-star Green Star SA Office v1 - As Built rating
Government building achieves four-star Green Star SA Office v1 - As Built rating

WSP has achieved a four-star Green Star SA As Built rating for the refurbishment of the Agrivaal building and the newly constructed adjacent public building, Batho Pele House...

27 Jun 2017

Cape Town considers implementing further water restrictions
Cape Town considers implementing further water restrictions

As dam levels remain critically low, rainfall uncertainty great, and consumption levels still too high, the City of Cape Town is preparing for the imminent implementation of Level 4b water restrictions...

27 Jun 2017

Urban growth a boon for Africa's industrialisation
Urban growth a boon for Africa's industrialisation

There has been much talk about Africa's urban dividends — the increased prosperity and sustained socioeconomic development resulting from the expansion and industrialisation of African cities...

By Franck Kuwonu 23 Jun 2017

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Crystal Lagoons sets eyes on Kenya for further expansion in SSA

“Rapid urbanisation and economic development make sub-Saharan Africa a promising market for property, especially as countries like Kenya are starting to adopt international frameworks..."

21 Jun 2017

Self-financing modular homes for the rural poor
Self-financing modular homes for the rural poor

Globally, access to adequate housing remains a huge problem that governments battle to solve, billionBricks provides a self-financing solution...

By Bongani Shweni 15 Jun 2017

Can you redevelop a big city like Lagos without displacing the poor?
Can you redevelop a big city like Lagos without displacing the poor?

Urban planner Lookman Oshodi seems to think it is possible...

14 Jun 2017

TCI Apparel unveils sustainable design centre
TCI Apparel unveils sustainable design centre

Trade Call Investments (TCI) Apparel opened its new design centre in Epping, Cape Town. With industry-leading, conscious fashion the new centre is set to be a prime example...

12 Jun 2017

MBAWC awards three top future master builders
MBAWC awards three top future master builders

The Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC) has bestowed cash prizes and awards on three students studying towards qualifications in the built environment at the University of Cape Town...

12 Jun 2017

Integrated clean technology solutions can help solve water issues
Integrated clean technology solutions can help solve water issues

At this stage, we must conceive we all have a shared responsibility towards water conservation. What is needed is an integrated approach to resolving these current challenges...

By Songo Didiza 8 Jun 2017

Advances in green building changing construction industry
Advances in green building changing construction industry

With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to be a major environmental concern, we decided to take a look at some of the most interesting advances in green building...

By Cala van der Westhuizen 7 Jun 2017

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Tackling environmental challenges with the help of a 100 city network

As Cape Town continues to experience the worst drought on record, the city has the opportunity to implement solutions that will not only address this acute environmental shock but also strengthen the fabric of the city overall...

By Michael Berkowitz 6 Jun 2017

Eco-building trend puts companies on the map
Eco-building trend puts companies on the map

Green-rated buildings are putting companies on the map in terms of both physical presence and eco-friendly footprint, while eco-aware architecture is rapidly becoming en vogue...

6 Jun 2017

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Vision 2030 Summit to address national development plan issues

The Vision 2030 Summit will address all issues relating to the national development plan and aims to build the community of South Africans joining the country's leaders, both in government and the private sector...

5 Jun 2017

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Research shows if you improve the air quality at work, you improve productivity

Corporate wellness programs focus on biometric screening, diet and exercise programs to improve health and productivity. However, new research has shown...

By Libby Sander 5 Jun 2017

Providing green space can deliver health, social and environmental benefits for all urban residents – few other public health interventions can achieve all of this. Anne Cleary, author provided.
Green space - how much is enough, and what's the best way to deliver it?

Half of the world's people now live in urban areas. This creates competition for resources and increases pressure on already limited green space...

By Anne Cleary and Ruth Hunter 2 Jun 2017

Fourleaf Estate receives EDGE final certification
Fourleaf Estate receives EDGE final certification

PE's Fourleaf Estate residential development is the first residential project in Africa to meet the EDGE resource-efficiency standard and receive EDGE final certification from Green Building Council South Africa...

1 Jun 2017

RBIDZ officials receive high-level SEZ training in China
RBIDZ officials receive high-level SEZ training in China

Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone's senior management are partaking in a fourth Capacity Building programme on Special Economic Zones taking place in Tianjin, China, from 24 May to 13 June...

Issued by Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone 31 May 2017

Another green achievement for the National English Literary Museum
Another green achievement for the National English Literary Museum

The National English Literary Museum has added another first-in-SA to its list of achievements with a five-star Green Star SA PEB v1 As-Built rating...

30 May 2017

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