ARCVS to design multifunctional bridge over River Danube in Serbia
ARCVS to design multifunctional bridge over River Danube in Serbia

Belgrade-based architecture firm ARCVS has won a competition to design a multifunctional bridge which will span over the River Danube in Novi Sad, Serbia.

17 minutes ago

R3bn Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Memorial Hospital nearly complete
R3bn Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Memorial Hospital nearly complete

Enza Construction is nearing completion of the R3bn Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Memorial Hospital in KwaMashu. The hospital, named in honour of Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme who was one of the first black lawyers in South Africa and a founding member of the African National Congress (ANC), is scheduled to open its doors by December 2019.

45 minutes ago

Architects use plastic bottles to design ocean wave façade system
Architects use plastic bottles to design ocean wave façade system

Stockholm-based architecture practice Ulf Mejergren Architects (UMA) has used thousands of recycled plastic bottles to create a façade system for an art school in Tulum, Mexico. UMA's design addresses an environmental issue appearing in many parts of the world. Addressing Mexico's half a million tonnes of plastic waste that ends up in the ocean each year, the architects used this waste to create a visual showcase of the environment problem.

3 days ago

Mpumalanga urged to intensify water-saving habits
Mpumalanga urged to intensify water-saving habits

With Mpumalanga dam levels continuing to drop, the Department of Water and Sanitation has reiterated its call on consumers in the province to intensify their water-saving habits until the next summer rains.

3 days ago

Mentorship crucial to building female strength in construction industry
Mentorship crucial to building female strength in construction industry

Gender equality remains a particularly persistent issue in the male-dominated construction industry. In order to change the narrative, programmes that empower female employees, assisting them to grow and flourish, are vital, according to Liphu January and Karmany Govender, junior site agents at GVK-Siya Zama.

3 days ago

SA cement producers apply for safeguards as imports undercut local industry
SA cement producers apply for safeguards as imports undercut local industry

The Concrete Institute (TCI) has applied to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa to investigate the surge in imports of cement at low prices. TCI represents AfriSam (South Africa), Dangote Cement South Africa, Lafarge Industries South Africa, Natal Portland Cement Company, and PPC.

15 Aug 2019

Busting myths about timber construction
Busting myths about timber construction

According to Dr Brand Wessels, chairperson of the Department of Forest and Wood Science at the University of Stellenbosch, the most common myths that circulate among the general public and even the professional trade about timber as a building material include: that using trees to manufacture products is not environmentally responsible; that wood structures are not as structurally safe and durable as steel and/or brick and mortar structures; and that wood structures are an obvious fire hazard.

14 Aug 2019

Marilia Pellegrini transforms old shipping containers into modern micro home
Marilia Pellegrini transforms old shipping containers into modern micro home

Brazil-based architecture practice Marilia Pellegrini Arquitetura has used old shipping containers to create a modern and minimalist micro home in São Paulo. The micro home covers only 60m2 - enough space to live in with basic necessities. The architect's aim was to show how old materials or disused shipping containers can be transformed into a modern and functional house while still offering a high quality of living.

14 Aug 2019

Shipping containers - an interesting alternative to traditional construction techniques
Shipping containers - an interesting alternative to traditional construction techniques

As economic pressures increase, and affordability continues to limit access to property, millions of South African families are without a reliable place to call home. At the same time, millions of shipping containers are sitting idle and empty, begging the question: could the burgeoning trend of container living solve both problems at the same time?

By Tony Clarke 13 Aug 2019

South Africa's construction industry could become safer. Here's how
South Africa's construction industry could become safer. Here's how

Construction is tough, sometimes dangerous work. Globally, the construction industry accounts for about 7% of employment. But it's responsible for between 30% and 40% of all work-related fatalities. The figure is at its highest in developing countries. This is because contractor organisations in those countries tend to lack a safety culture. Health and management systems are also less robust there than in developed nations.

By Patrick Nwabueze Okonkwo 13 Aug 2019

#WomensMonth: Diversity is about appreciating the female voice and hearing it
#WomensMonth: Diversity is about appreciating the female voice and hearing it

According to UNESCO Statistics, women make up only 23% of STEM talent globally, and this inequality is mirrored in South Africa's science, technology and engineering industries. To unpack this topic further we chatted to Nicol Meyer, country head at specialty chemicals company Clariant South Africa, to explore why this imbalance persists, how we can drive greater gender parity in STEM-based industries, and any advice she has for women currently pursuing a career in STEM.

By Sindy Peters 12 Aug 2019

Gateway Theatre of Shopping refurbishment a success, despite challenges
Gateway Theatre of Shopping refurbishment a success, despite challenges

When Profica was appointed the principal-agent, project management, and tenant coordination services on the extensive renovation project of Umhlanga's Gateway Theatre of Shopping in KwaZulu-Natal, it was acknowledged that this would be a significant undertaking as one of the largest alterations, additions, and refurbishments of an active shopping centre in South Africa.

12 Aug 2019