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Green building practices can mitigate lockdown fallout

The ripples of the national lockdown are still being felt by the South Africa's construction industry. Unexpected delays and disruptions have resulted in increasing construction costs...

21 Sep 2020

Can Covid-19 inspire a new way of planning African cities?

Health crises are not new in Africa. The continent has grappled with infectious diseases on all levels, from local (such as malaria) to regional (Ebola) to global (Covid-19)...

By Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Ellis Adjei Adams & Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie 21 Sep 2020

Shaking the foundations: Time to change the structure of our cities

It's easy to fall into the doom-and-gloom trap of how the current pandemic will forever change the face of cities...

By Patrick McInerney, Christoph Malan, Catharine Atkins and Malika Walele 18 Sep 2020

New study: Solar power tower has less impact on bird populations than expected

After completing the first birdlife-focused study at South Africa's only concentrating solar power tower, HP van Heerden says that it is possible to reduce the impact...

16 Sep 2020

Urban planning needs to look back first: three cities in Ghana show why

Months into the global Covid-19 pandemic, policymakers have begun discussing what the "new normal" might look like in metropolitan environments...

By Nate Plageman, Jennifer Anne Hart, Tony Yeboah 16 Sep 2020

How built environment practitioners play a key role in public health

During the second AfriSam SAIA Sustainable Design Awards webinar, Professor Tolullah Oni, a public health physician-scientist and urban epidemiologist, discussed how trans-disciplinary urban design can help build better African livelihoods and cities...

15 Sep 2020

2020 Empowerment and Recognition of Women in Construction Awards winners announced

The inaugural Empowerment and Recognition of Women in Construction (ERWIC) Awards took place late last month, celebrating women in the construction industry and showcasing women-led projects and achievements...

2 Sep 2020

GBCSA awards Equator - the Belt Factory 5-star Green Star certification

The Green Building Council of South Africa has awarded Durban-based belt manufacturer Equator - the Belt Factory a five-star Green Star Certification for Existing Building Performance...

1 Sep 2020

Sustainable cement: the simple switch that could massively cut global carbon emissions

August 22 was Earth Overshoot Day, which marks the date when humanity's demand for ecological resources in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year...

By Brant Walkley 31 Aug 2020

Computational design tools streamlining workflows, disrupting old ways of working

The global digital economy is estimated to be worth at least three trillion dollars today. It is clear, as with all other exponential technology, that the leading countries are the ones who had early awareness, made the strategic choices and increased participation levels...

By Selvan Murugan 26 Aug 2020

Building design trends - how Covid-19 is driving an important shift

The Covid-19 pandemic is driving important shifts in designing spaces within buildings, according to Yovka Raytcheva-Schaap, associate, environmentally sustainable design (ESD) consulting and project management at Zutari...

24 Aug 2020

New guide, Getting to Zero, launched on developing net zero carbon buildings

A new guide has been launched for professional teams considering developing net zero carbon buildings...

7 Aug 2020

Call for freeze on land sales in Khayelitsha

The newly-formed Khayelitsha Human Settlements Task Team has called for a freeze on all transfers and sales of land in Khayelitsha while a land audit is done by the City of Cape Town and made public...

By Vincent Lali 7 Aug 2020

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