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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

Laying the bricks for women empowerment
Laying the bricks for women empowerment

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has held a women's roundtable as part of efforts to show its commitment to transformation in the human settlements and built environment sector...

2 May 2018

This month Sweden built the first road that charges electric vehicles as they drive.
Sweden's new road powers electric vehicles - what's the environmental impact?

Sweden has built the first smart road that will allow electric vehicles to charge as they drive...

By Rick Greenough 26 Apr 2018

SA's 2018 Saint-Gobain MultiComfort House Students Contest winners revealed
SA's 2018 Saint-Gobain MultiComfort House Students Contest winners revealed

Vahin Parmananda and Mthokozisi Sibisi from the University of KwaZulu-Natal were selected by a panel of industry experts as the local winning team...

25 Apr 2018

Makoma Lekalakala, director for Earthlife Africa, and Liz McDaid, climate change coordinator for Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI)
Two SA women awarded Goldman prize for halting SA-Russia nuclear deal

Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid are the recipients of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize...

23 Apr 2018

Closing the gender gap in SA by just 10% could achieve higher economic growth - report
Closing the gender gap in SA by just 10% could achieve higher economic growth - report

Women currently hold 19% of tech-related jobs at the top 10 global tech companies...

19 Apr 2018

New government to have significant impact on construction sector
New government to have significant impact on construction sector

The country is currently experiencing a palpable positive mood of change since the recent changes in government...

By Njombo Lekula 17 Apr 2018

Smart urbanism, sustainability in the spotlight at upcoming RICS Summit Africa
Smart urbanism, sustainability in the spotlight at upcoming RICS Summit Africa

Scheduled for 30-31 May in Sandton Central, the 2018 RICS Summit Africa event plans to put the spotlight on smart urbanism and sustainability...

16 Apr 2018

Wild Coast toll road: new court battle looms
Wild Coast toll road: new court battle looms

The SA National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has promised to respond by the end of the month to a legal challenge to the controversial R9bn N2 Wild Coast Toll Road from East London to Durban...

By Thembela Ntongana 10 Apr 2018

The Berg River Dam on 7 March 2018 about 48% full.
Five key lessons other cities can learn from CT's water crisis

Postponing Day Zero in Cape Town for 2018 comes as no surprise...

By Kevin Winter 6 Apr 2018

People stroll along Moshoeshoe Street in Emfuleni. Photo: Darya Maslova
City streets: why South Africa should design more people-friendly spaces

Streets have many purposes. They carry traffic. They're conduits for electrical, telephone and water services to homes and businesses...

By Alexandra Parker 4 Apr 2018

Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore PVT Installation. (Image Supplied)
Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town maximises rooftop space with hybrid PVT project

Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore installed Cape Town CBD's first large-scale commercial hybrid Photovoltaic and Thermal project. In addition to the renewable energy produced on the roof of the hotel, the installation also saves 79,000 litres of water per year...

27 Mar 2018

Future 'ocean cities' need green engineering above and below the waterline
Future 'ocean cities' need green engineering above and below the waterline

Population growth has seen skylines creep ever higher and entire cities rise from ocean depths...

By Katherine Dafforn, Ana Bugnot, Eliza Heery, Marian 26 Mar 2018

People stroll along Moshoeshoe Street in Emfuleni. Darya Maslova
City streets: why South Africa should design more people-friendly spaces

Streets have many purposes. They carry traffic. They're conduits for electrical, telephone and water services to homes and businesses; below ground, they provide sewer and storm water networks. They have another crucial use too...

By Alexandra Parker 26 Mar 2018

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Port Louis is Africa's best city: Mercer survey

According to Mercer's 2018 Quality of Living Survey, Port Louis is the best city in Africa, ranking 83rd globally. The Mauritian city is followed by Durban (89), Cape Town (94) and Johannesburg (95)...

22 Mar 2018

#AZA18: 'Future of our cities is the future of our humanity'
#AZA18: 'Future of our cities is the future of our humanity'

Themed WeTheCity: Memory & Resilience, ArchitectureZA 2018 (#AZA18) plans to engage the changing role of architects in the built environment and architects' obligations to the public...

20 Mar 2018

Watershed at the V&A Waterfront
V&A buildings awarded five new Green Star ratings

The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the V&A Waterfront five new Green Star ratings bringing to 12 the number of ratings awarded to various buildings at the V&A Waterfront...

16 Mar 2018

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Durban is slowly becoming a seaside city without any sand

Durban is becoming a seaside city without any sand as strong waves pummel its beaches. Swathes of what used to be wide stretches of sand are now underwater and beachside infrastructure is being destroyed...

16 Mar 2018

We need bowling greens and golf courses for affordable housing
We need bowling greens and golf courses for affordable housing

Despite a profound housing and segregation crisis, the City of Cape Town continues to lease well-located public land for next to nothing to private companies and associations for bowling greens, parking lots, golf courses, and other inefficient and exclusive uses...

By Nick Budlender 13 Mar 2018

The plantings of New York’s High Line Park were inspired by plants that had naturally colonised the disused railway viaduct. By David Berkowitz, New York, , CC BY 2.0,
Building a 'second nature' into our cities: wildness, art and biophilic design

Biophilic design is beginning to boom. Witness its recent incorporation into the Melbourne Metro project and Sydney's award-winning One Central Park, Chippendale...

By Jordan Lacey 8 Mar 2018

President of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Professor Reimund Neugebauer, Dr Christopher Helbing, director: Division of Hydrogen Technologies, Fraunhofer ISE, Professor Jack Fletcher, Department of Chemical Engineering and UCT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price.
UCT and Fraunhofer Institute sign MoU on hydrogen and fuel cell technology

UCT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have signed an MoU to collaborate on hydrogen and fuel cell technology...

7 Mar 2018

Hotel Verde Zanzibar opens doors to guests, promotes responsible tourism
Hotel Verde Zanzibar opens doors to guests, promotes responsible tourism

On 21 March 2018, Hotel Verde Zanzibar - Azam Luxury Resort & Spa will open its doors to guests for the first time...

6 Mar 2018

CT launches landfill gas flaring project
CT launches landfill gas flaring project

Late last week saw the official launch of the Cape Town Department of Solid Waste Management's landfill gas flaring project at the Coastal Park landfill facility...

5 Mar 2018

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Anger as rail construction begins in Nairobi National Park

Kenyan conservationists expressed outrage on Thursday, 1 March 2018, after construction of a railway line began inside Nairobi's famed national park, saying this defied a court order halting the project...

5 Mar 2018

By NASA,
Italy, China propose solution to Lake Chad's water problem

It sounds like something from Wakanda, the futuristic African kingdom of the hit movie Black Panther. But "Transaqua" is a very real proposal for a very real problem - how to replenish the shrinking waters of Lake Chad...

By Stephanie Findlay 2 Mar 2018

The world needs to build more than two billion new homes over the next 80 years
The world needs to build more than two billion new homes over the next 80 years

By the end of this century, the world's population will have increased by half - that's another 3.6 billion people...

By Sean Smith 1 Mar 2018

Aerial view of Durban Harbour
Durban selected to participate in RICS Cities for our Future Challenge

Launched earlier this month, RICS is calling on the youth to come up with new ideas to help tackle the most pressing problems affecting cities in Africa and around the world...

27 Feb 2018

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