Leading-Architecture » Events http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:55:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 23 October is D-Day for Seshego Circle Shopping Centre http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/23-october-d-day-seshego-circle-shopping-centre/ http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/23-october-d-day-seshego-circle-shopping-centre/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:44:19 +0000 http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/?p=7619 photo 1 photo 2

Polokwane’s newest shopping centre, the Seshego Circle Centre, is counting down for its opening on 23 October at 8am. The final touches are currently being done and the centre is well on track for its opening.

The centre, which is being developed by the Moolman Group together with two Polokwane-based businessmen, Jaco Nel and Sam Mabotja, is located in the Polokwane suburb of Seshego and has already been the subject of great excitement in the community, and people are looking forward to its opening with anticipation.

“Rooted in our community” – the centre’s payoff line – reflects the importance of Seshego Circle Centre as an amenity and a social asset. Already, some 98% of the space at Seshego Circle has been let – an indication of just how high the demand is for a quality retail centre in Seshego. The centre will serve the local Seshego residents as well as some of the more outlying areas such as Makgofe, Mobokele and Perskebult.

Seshego Circle is located at the junction of Nelson Mandela and Polokwane Drive – the two main arterial roads connecting Seshego with Polokwane and the north.

From the outset, every effort has been made to involve people from the local community in the project. Most of the main contractor’s employees come from the surrounding area, as do those of the subcontractors. A variety of temporary jobs have been created during construction, and there will be more than 400 permanent jobs at the centre. The relationship with the community has been carefully managed for the duration of the project to ensure that they benefit optimally.

The community liaison officer, Sandra Shai, has now also been appointed as the centre manager. Her established rapport with the local community makes her the ideal candidate to understand local shoppers and to manage the centre.

Not only will Seshego Circle Centre provide a needed shopping centre in the area, it will also function as a place where people can gather and socialise. One of the main features of the centre is its community court area, which will have a play area for kids, including a mini climbing wall in the shape of a tree. It will also have a permanent stage area which will be used for community events.

Anchor tenants in the centre include Shoprite and Cambridge (a Massmart-owned supermarket chain). National retailers such as Jet, Edgars Active, Pep, Total Sport, Exact, Markhams, Truworths, Identity, Mr. Price and Rage have also taken space in the centre, providing shoppers with the kind of experience they would expect to find at most modern shopping centres. The likes of King Pie, Debonairs, the Fish & Chip Company and a KFC drive through will provide shoppers with places to have a bite while they shop. Standard Bank, Nedbank, Capitec and African Bank will also have a presence in the mall as the need for banking facilities is high.

The centre will open at 8am on 23 October and trading hours will be extended until Sunday so that everyone can come and enjoy the new mall. Seshego Circle Centre and Shoprite will also be giving away 50 meat vouchers worth R250 each to shoppers at random.

Polokwane is in fact the original home of the Moolman Group, which was established there 47 years ago. While the company now has its head office in Pretoria, it still operates a Polokwane office and its roots in the town remain strong. “Rooted in our community” is as appropriate a payoff line for them as a company as it is for Seshego Circle Centre.

“We are confident that Seshego Circle Centre will prove to be the valuable community asset that we hoped for,” says Pieter Beyers, director at the Moolman Group. “Interest from the community has been strong throughout and we are all very excited for the opening on 23 October,” he concludes.

Project team:

Developers: Moolman Group and Reoss Investment

Main contractor: CMC Construction

Civil engineers: Ellis Structural & Civil Engineers

Electrical engineers: Buro Tech Consulting Electrical Engineers

Architects: Blunt Architects

Community Liaison Officer: Sandra Shai

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DESIGN YOUR LIFE AT DECOREX DURBAN 2014 http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/design-life-decorex-durban-2014/ http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/design-life-decorex-durban-2014/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:16:32 +0000 http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/?p=7533 BU4A0774 Photographer Mat Banks BU4A1564 Photographer Mat Banks JJS_6134 Photographer Jurie Senekal

Decorex Durban is set to take place over the Human Rights holiday weekend in March, and is a must-see for anyone with plans on the home décor and design front.

This year, Decorex Durban is themed on designing your life, with a wide variety of exhibitors offering visitors all the ideas and inspiration they need to create the lifestyle and environment they desire.

Decorex Durban 2014 will include everything from fine home finishes to beautiful décor and one-stop bathroom, appliance, garden and kitchen solutions. Plenty of practical demo’s, delicious pop up restaurants and designer bars plus the ever popular Plascon trend house mean that a visit to Decorex Durban will arm you with all you need to design your life.

Don’t miss Decorex Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal’s premier décor, design and lifestyle expo.

Exhibition details:

Decorex Durban

20 – 23 March 2014

Durban Exhibition Centre

Visit www.decorex.co.za for more info

Facebook: Decorex SA

Twitter: @decorexSA

Decorex Durban forms part of the Decorex SA portfolio and is owned by the Thebe Exhibitions & Projects Group

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Retailers line up to open at the new Jozini Mall, KZN – Opening 24 October 2013 http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/retailers-line-open-new-jozini-mall-kzn-opening-24-october-2013/ http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/retailers-line-open-new-jozini-mall-kzn-opening-24-october-2013/#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:24:31 +0000 http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/?p=7499 Jozini Mall, the new 18,220sqm community shopping centre in North-Eastern KwaZulu-Natal, is now fully let and will open on Thursday, 24th October 2013.

National tenants who have committed exceed 85% of the area.

Anchor tenant Shoprite will lead the 50 shop retail mix in a 3,124sqm store.

Gavin Tagg of Retail Network Services, which is crafting the retail dynamics for this mall, reports that strong retailer demand has resulted in all trading opportunities in the centre swiftly being snatched up.

“Jozini Mall has quickly attracted retailers with its unique proposition in the area,” says Tagg. “It corrects a large undersupply of retail in this community, which is severely restricted in meeting its daily shopping needs within its own town.”

From everyday groceries and convenient services to fashion, furniture and fast food, Jozini Mall’s retail selection is being custom-designed to meet the needs of local shoppers.

When it comes to household goods, the substantial Shoprite is complemented by a large Roots Butchery and a Liquor City.

Bringing the everyday convenience to Jozini Mall, banking facilities will be provided by African Bank, Capitec, Nedbank and Standard Bank. FNB and ABSA banks will be represented by on site ATM’s. It will also feature a Post Office, Cellkom Plus, Pep Cell, a pharmacy and Optical Inc Optometrist as well as medical facilities.

Jozini Mall brings to town nearly 20 top fashion retailers including Fashion World, Mr Price, Mr Matata, Fashion People, Ackermans, Truworths, Identity, Jet, Edgars Active, Pep, Power Fashion Factory, Shoe Zone, Rage, John Craig, Ideals and Express Stores. Adding to its appeal for the well groomed is hair care from Top Classic Salon and Just On Cosmetics.

Tagg adds that the drawcard of six top national furniture retailers – Joshua Doore, Bears, Ellerines, OK Furniture, Lewis, Barnetts and Electric Express – will be complemented by Al’s Hardware.

Adding to frequent shopper appeal, Jozini Mall also features a tempting line-up of fast food. Different tastes will be satisfied from Chesanyama, The Fish and Chips Company and a Steers Debonairs combination store.

Tagg says: “The eager demand from retailers to trade from Jozini Mall reflects the consumer potential in this community.”

Jozini Mall’s market includes over 42,000 households in its primary and secondary catchment area. Nearly 106,000 people live in the primary catchment area and around 135,000 people stay in the secondary market zone.

It is also ideally positioned to benefit from Jozini’s unique location. Synonymous with Lake Jozini, formerly Pongolapoort Dam, it is on the main route to Mozambique and provides a gateway into Maputaland.

Jozini Mall is on the main road to the Jozini CBD, in one of the most densely populated residential areas of the region and near the town centre. This excellent position and visibility heighten its attraction to both shops and shoppers.

“Besides providing an outstanding retail offering, Jozini Mall is also easy to visit with 36 taxi bays, eight bus bays and over 400 parking bays,” says Tagg.

The R140 million Jozini Mall is owned and developed by Greater Atlantic Properties (Pty) Ltd.

For more information contact Retail Network Services www.rns.co.za

Tel: 011 807 6995

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Caesarstone Kitchen Designers 2013 Voting Begins http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/caesarstone-kitchen-designers-2013-voting-begins/ http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/caesarstone-kitchen-designers-2013-voting-begins/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 08:13:22 +0000 http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/?p=7465 1429_coles-southbroom_1 1429_IMG_8632 1429_kitchen-classics-zimbali-beth_2

Caesarstone and House & Leisure have opened online polls to the public to vote for the top four kitchen designers of 2013.

The Caesarstone Kitchen Designers 2013 competition called for kitchen design entries from professional kitchen designers who could enter into one of four categories:  Classic Comfort, Classic Luxury, Contemporary Comfort and Contemporary Luxury.

The new category system of two major styles separated into two further categories according to budget constraints has allowed more designers to enter, and created more chances to win.  “We wanted to further encourage designers to enter by offering four prizes of R25,000 each.  The judges confirmed that the standard of entries this year was very high, which is an indication of the high calibre of designers we have in South Africa,” says Trevor King, Caesarstone South Africa’s marketing director.

Aidan Bennetts of Aidan Bennetts Design, Naomi Larkin, editor of House & Leisure, and Katherine Mann, lecturer at Design Time were on the judging panel this year.  Judging was ‘blind’, meaning the judges did not know which designs belonged to which designer or kitchen company.

Naomi Larkin highlighted the importance of competitions such as this one, “I think that competitions like this do a lot for the South African design industry in that it actually gets designers to focus on both what they have produced and what they want to produce.  I also think it draws attention from the public and from manufacturers and others within the industry as to what is actually out there, in terms of great South African design.”

Aidan Bennetts says he enjoyed the designs the finalists had produced, “There were those that really did push the boundaries and the limits of innovation.  I really enjoyed how they pushed the innovative use of Caesarstone.”

Katherine Mann enjoyed the judging process as she could pick out current industry trends, “The trend was the island unit and lighter colours like Snow White. We also saw Caesarstone combined with wood.  It’s quite nice to see that because, not everyone can afford a pure Caesarstone kitchen.”

The public is invited to visit the Caesarstone and House & Leisure websites to view the showcase of the 12 finalists.  The 12 finalists will also be featured in House & Leisure’s November 2013 issue.  Voting may be done via www.caesarstone.co.za or www.houseandleisure.co.za and closes on 31 October 2013.

One lucky voter will win a KitchenAid mixer valued at R6,500 – vote for your top four designs from each category to be entered into the lucky draw.  T
he Caesarstone Kitchen Designers 2013 awards evening will be held in November in Cape Town.

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Eco-Logic Award Winners Announced http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/eco-logic-award-winners-announced/ http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/eco-logic-award-winners-announced/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 08:01:33 +0000 http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/?p=7456 _DSC3603_Eco-Innovation Award_Sandile Shabangu_Standard Bank_Ken Stucke_Era Architects David Parry-Davies Fltr_Miss Earth second princess Thobile Mchunu_Mpho Tshitangoni, DEA Director Land Remediation_John Hanks

Following a nail-biting month or so for finalists, the Eco-Logic Awards ceremony for 2013 took place on Thursday, 26 September at Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng.

Hosted by The Enviropaedia, in association with SABC3, the glittering event focuses on Eco-Logic – a mindset and value system that goes beyond products and manufacturing to include how we run our businesses; how we live in society and our communities and the application of natural law to our politics and economy. The following category winners personified these values.

Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Rand Water)

Hotel Verde – claiming the title of “Africa’s Greenest Hotel”, Hotel Verde is harvesting and saving water on all fronts.

Energy Saving Award (sponsored by SMA Solar Technology South Africa)

Pick n Pay – Pick n Pay’s ambitious energy efficiency initiatives target both operational and behavioural changes and these have achieved an impressive 8.7% improvement in energy usage during the past year.

Recycling Award (sponsored by Collect-a-Can)

GreenOffice – greenABLE is a non-profit company that employs previously disadvantaged persons with physical disabilities to dismantle printer cartridge waste into their recyclable components. This process enables them to enables them to earn a salary whilst gaining work experience and furthering their education through AET and learnerships. greenOffice was instrumental in the establishment of greenABLE, the first and only facility in Africa to have a recycling solution for printer cartridge waste.


Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Exxaro)

The JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre – a centre that serves as a resource of learning for the community and schools of Mamelodi. The centre hosts demonstrations of best practice on important environmental themes including Biodiversity, Water, Energy and Waste – to educate and mobilise learners from schools and the broader community to actively participate in active change towards a more sustainable environment.

Climate Change Award (sponsored by Paarl Media)

Coca Cola SA – has completed building its new filling plant in Heidelberg for the water brand, Valpré. The office block achieved Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification in 2012 and in March 2013, the production facility achieved Silver status. The plant boasts the lowest Environmental Impact in Africa.

Municipalities Award (sponsored by Santam)

George Municipality – the municipality does not only strive to deliver excellent quality services to its residents, but to do so in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive manner. George has received numerous environmental awards in recent years and aims to be a leader in the field of sustainable city management.

Youth Award (sponsored by Pick n Pay)

Birches Pre-Primary Eco School – The Birches is a small Eco-school in Pinetown.  Struggling financially over the years; the school made a determined effort to become environmentally self-sustainable. The environmental initiatives implemented at the school have included; recycling; water harvesting and re-use; food gardens and fruit forests.  Whilst it has taken 20 years of ongoing dedicated and intelligently applied effort, in an exercise done recently in Grade R; the students confirmed that as a result of all the work done, they can now live on the premises comfortably and sustainably as if it were an island – for the rest of their lives.

Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by ACSA)

Margaret Roestorf SANCCOB – As CEO of the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), Margaret talks penguins, gannets, cormorants, pelicans, petrels and albatrosses. Wherever she goes in the world she warmly encourages people to support marine conservation projects that protect and conserve these precious seabirds and the marine environment they depend on.  Her committed and dedicated efforts bring conservation dollars and euros into Southern Africa, and her enthusiastic interaction with conservationists and governments around the world is successfully raising the profile of these highly threatened birds.

Eco-Warrior Award (sponsored by RISO)

Jeunesse Park Food & Trees for Africa – a visionary ecopreneur and change agent who started Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) in 1990, which since then has distributed 4.2 million trees, facilitated the development of thousands of natural food gardens, several bamboo plantations and organic farms for disadvantaged communities. Jeunesse’s pioneering vision and leadership has also included: Introducing Permaculture to South Africa, lobbying for and contributing to the inclusion of urban forestry, urban agriculture and Permaculture in South African government policy, envisioning and enabling the first online South African carbon calculator and motivating the first bamboo programme registered for carbon offset under the Verified Carbon Standard in 2011.  Jeunesse is also the founder of the Carbon Protocol of South Africa and the Climate Change Leadership/Climate Hero Awards. As a dedicated and tireless eco-warrior, Jeunesse is also currently a Climate Leader, Mentor and African Branch Manager for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project.

Eco-Innovation Award (sponsored by Standard Bank)

Era Architects – House Jones – An Island Home: The house is a carefully designed energy efficient system to create comfort both inside and outside harnessing its natural environment and climate. It mediates between the indoor and outdoor environments with planted “green bubbles” of space.  It supplies its own water and recycles all its waste. A comprehensive energy strategy using solar thermal, PV, and gas ensure independence.

Eco-Community Award (sponsored by SABC3)

Usizo Thuso Community Centre – The aim of Usizo Thuso Community Centre is to create a sustainable living for the people of Lawley. They take a holistic approach to wellbeing and address the need for sustainable livelihoods by developing their bio energy farmers and supporting local agro processing to ensure local economic development.

Transport Award (Sponsored by Toyota)

FindaLift - FindaLift encourages and enables South Africans to make better use of cars by providing simple online tools that securely matches members on similar routes, making carpooling easy to arrange.

Says David Parry-Davis, editor of The Enviropaedia and co-host of the Eco-Logic Awards: “The entries this year were of a very high quality and it was a tough judging process to decide on a winner for each category. The 2013 Awards included new categories (such as the Municipality category), networking events and sponsors and we are growing at a faster pace than we initially envisaged. We are proud to be part of this thriving Eco-Logic community and look forward to 2014.”

Says Dr John Hanks, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award: “One of my current preoccupations is the identification, nurturing, mentoring and encouraging the conservation champions and leaders of the future. The Eco-Logic Awards are the type of awards that call attention to some of the great work underway to promote the message that environmental conservation is not a luxury, but instead a vitally important prerequisite for building a sustainable future for South Africa.  I am honoured to be a part of an Eco-Logic mindset that is obviously, if these Awards are anything to go by, being adopted by a growing number of individuals, businesses and organisations. I thank them for the award, but more so, for being part of highlighting the importance of changing the way in which we relate to and work with the very environment that we depend on for our quality of life and survival.”

For more information about The Enviropaedia and the Eco-Logic Awards please visit: www.enviropaedia.com, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Enviropaedia, follow us on Twitter: @Enviropaedia1 or contact Sabine Hanger on 0861 000 810 or email her on networking@enviropaedia.com

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Winning architects and architectural designs in Sol Plaatje University design competition announced http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/winning-architects-architectural-designs-sol-plaatje-university-design-competition-announced/ http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/winning-architects-architectural-designs-sol-plaatje-university-design-competition-announced/#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:48:29 +0000 http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/?p=7381 Kimberley, 18 September 2013 – The Department of Higher Education and Training, tonight announced the winners in the Sol Plaatje University architectural design competition and revealed the winning designs of the future campus. The announcement was made at a special event attended by, among others, the Premier of the Northern Cape, Ms Sylvia Lucas; Executive Mayor of the Frances Baard District Municipality, Ms Khadi Moloi; Sol Plaatje University Interim Council Chairperson, Jennifer Glennie; and Professor Paul Kotze, Director of the Architecture Programme at the Wits University School of Architecture and Planning, and competition administrator.

A total of fifty-nine submissions were received in the first stage of the competition. Competitors were given from 30th May 2013 to 11th July 2013 to prepare their stage 1 submission. Nine were selected to participate in the second stage of the process:

  • Comrie Wilkinson Cape and Urban Studio JV – represented by Henri Pierre Comrie
  • Royal HaskoningDHV – represented by Mauritz Kruger
  • Activate Architecture – represented by Michael Magner
  • Designworkshop: SA – represented by Paul Wygers
  • Wilkinson Architects in Joint Venture with Mashilo Lampbrechts  Architects and GXY Architects –   represented by Chris Wilkinson
  • Savage and Dodd Architects – represented by Heather Dodd
  • Jonathan Stone Architecture – represented by Jonathan Stone
  • Studiomas (Lead) and Mas Architects – represented by Sean Mahoney
  • Conco Bryan Architects – represented by Llewellyn Bryan

Of the nine submissions received in the second stage of the competition, five have been recommended for appointment to undertake architectural design work on the Sol Plaatje University over the next three years. The winners are (in no particular order):

  • Activate Architecture – represented by Michael Magner
  • Savage and Dodd Architects – represented by Heather Dodd
  • Designworkshop: SA – represented by Paul Wygers
  • Comrie Wilkinson Cape and Urban Studio JV – represented by Henri Pierre Comrie
  • Wilkinson Architects in Joint Venture with Mashilo Lampbrechts  Architects and GXY Architects –   represented by Chris Wilkinson

These talented architects were selected as having the most inspirational designs for the new university out of the nine finalists shortlisted in the competition from the initial pool of entries received.

The competition was introduced as a means to engage the widest participation of the architectural community in identifying a panel of high-calibre designers to participate in the design of the campuses, precincts in each campus, land parcels and/or individual buildings of the new Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley, Northern Cape.

In announcing the winners, The Director General of the Department of Higher Education and Training, Mr Gwebinkundla Qonde said, “We have reached an important milestone in the physical development of the Sol Plaatje University, one that deserves to be celebrated. This evening’s occasion marks our transition from the realm of ideas and concepts into the arena of implementation. Tonight is a celebration of architectural design and of our aspiration to achieve the highest possible design quality. It is also a celebration of the South African architectural profession, which has responded positively to our call for submissions. The competition was also viewed as an important way to discover as yet unknown design talent, to prioritise good design and to bring the highest quality of thinking to the physical development of the Sol Plaatje University.”

Mr Qonde explained that the development process would now move rapidly from the conceptual to the implementation phase of the Sol Plaatje University, which will open its doors next year, albeit in a modest way, making use of existing facilities during the 2014 academic year. Between now and the end of 2013, the priority would be to prepare and finalise the design and construction plans of the first new buildings that must be ready to receive a bigger intake of students for the 2015 academic year.

“This evening’s winners of the Architectural Design Competition will be the pioneers of this development process. I congratulate them and wish them well in this great national endeavor,” he concluded.

As this is the first university to be designed and built in post-democratic South Africa, the end product is expected to be iconic and inspirational, embodying the aspirations of the South African public. It is also expected to reflect the essence of the university, which represents a new order of African intellect, with a firm focus on innovation and excellence, and the country’s powerful spirit of democracy, inclusiveness, growth and opportunity.

As a bold, new-generation place of learning, it is anticipated that Sol Plaatje University will give expression to democracy and social justice; will be a 21st century institution, focused on developing innovative modalities of governance, funding, research, civic engagement and teaching and learning; and will be a relevant leader of the knowledge economy, actively engaging with communities to produce the skills and knowledge necessary for social development.

The seven-member adjudication panel comprised:

  • One architect chosen from (and by) the academic sector: Prof Rodney Harber
  • Three practicing architects: Dr Luyanda Mpahlwa, Mr Cedric Daniels and Ms Sithabile Mathe
  • One representative from DHET: Dr Diane Parker
  • One representative from the Sol Plaatje Municipality: Mr Godfrey Mashope
  • One member representing the University Interim Council: Dr Marcelle Olivier

The competition was endorsed by the South African Institute of Architects, and was open to all architects registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP). It followed a two-phase format: the first ‘expression of interest’ phase, which called for the submission of preliminary ideas from which the nine best were shortlisted, and the second phase, which required more detailed design development that enlarged the scale of consideration with the aim of providing a comprehensive impression of the future university.

Professor Paul Kotze, the competition administrator, said, “the quality of the entries reflects the best of what can be expected of extremely talented and committed architects in South Africa. It also has all the hallmarks of the type of buildings and ideas that would, in the long term, create qualitatively rich and interactive environments to support learning and research of the highest calibre.”

The winning designs will be exhibited at the William Humphrey’s Art Gallery from the 18 September to 1 October 2013.

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Africa Urban Design Planning & Development http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/africa-urban-design-planning-development/ http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/africa-urban-design-planning-development/#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:55:38 +0000 http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/?p=7361 Africa has the highest rate of urban growth in the world, with the urban population predicted to double by 2030. The Urban Design, Planning and Development Conference will provide attendees with practical knowledge and expert advice on how the planning, design and development of Africa’s CBDs and town centres can be optimised for the benefit of local communities and businesses. With governments, developers and businesses seeking to enhance the design, amenity and economic activity of central business districts, residential areas, including supporting infrastructure such as water and electrical supply. This conference will provide leading case studies and expert advice on how to achieve successful design and revitalisation of the centres of cities, suburbs and regional towns. Town planning, urban design, infrastructure improvements, streetscaping, building design and public spaces will be among topics examined by this conference. This event is a platform to provide advice and guidance and hands-on experience of issues and tools related to the practice of urban design in the new practice world shaped by the experience and knowledge of the facilitators.


17-18 October 2013, Hackle Brooke Conference Centre Johannesburg South Africa


Leading practitioners who have been working at all scales of urban design will take us through delivered presentations plans and approaches to public realm.
Conference Sessions Include:

• Urban design skills shortages

• Urban design and the local development framework process

• Master-planning

• Transforming CBDs: New solutions and future directions

• CBD Revitalisation in Action

• Planning & Implementing Town Centre Rejuvenation

• Revitalising the Public Domain

• Optimising town centres: balancing the design and commercial perspectives

• Development of the CBD Master Plan

• Implementation of the CBD Investment Attraction Incentives Programme

• The sustainable communities agenda


Conference Attendees will include:

• Community based planners

• Urban designers

• Public and private sector planners

• Landscape architects

• Academics / consultants

• Design Champions

• Town Planning professionals

• Planners

• Plan Researchers

• Urban Design professionals

• Senior local governments managers

• Representatives of State Government planning departments & agencies

• Economic Development professionals

• Infrastructure & Transport Planners

• Architects

• Project Officers and Managers

• Councillors

• Private sector professionals such as urban design and town planning consultants


Benefits of attending

• Reviewing current urban design challenges and good practice responses at a range of scales

• Developing or refresh your understanding of urban design principles

• Increasing your understanding of design and urban design in the context of the approach to planning

• Gaining hands-on experience in using a range of tools in real life contexts

• Appreciating the real value of urban design

• Promoting the advances in Urban design skills shortages

• Appreciating Urban design and the local development framework process

• Learning about transforming CBDs: New solutions and future directions

• Evaluating the importance of CBD Revitalisation in Action

• Planning & Implementing Town Centre Rejuvenation

• Appreciating the need for Optimising town centres: balancing the design and commercial perspectives

• Promoting the Development of the CBD Master Plan


Tel: +(27) 11 053 9966

Fax: +(27) 86 511 0720

Email: registration@creativeconceptstraining.co.za

Web: www.creativeconceptstraining.co.za



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Magnet wins award – 2013 Green Supply Chain Awards http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/magnet-wins-award-2013-green-supply-chain-awards/ http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/magnet-wins-award-2013-green-supply-chain-awards/#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:35:46 +0000 http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/?p=7274 Magnet, specialists in the supply, implementation and support of electrical equipment and industrial instrumentation, has won a best product award – highly commended – at the 2013 Green Supply Chain Awards held in Johannesburg recently.

“The installation of a 100% locally designed, engineered and manufactured energy efficient lighting control system at Unilever’s Distribution Centre (DC) in Johannesburg, combines two technologies for lighting control – passive infrared and radio frequency,” says Stephan Allen, Magnet’s technical director. “This programmable lighting control system has reduced the kilowatt hour volume of the total utility bill by an average of 43%.”

This project involved the installation of the control systems for the warehouse lighting, occupancy sensors control for outside lighting beneath the canopies and a reduction in the number of luminaires in over-lit areas, for example the inbound, outbound, storage and cages areas inside the warehouse.

Unilever was the winner in the best project category, between R1-million and R10-million, for this energy saving project.


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Winning designs revealed in 2013 Cobra Design Competition http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/winning-designs-revealed-in-2013-cobra-design-competition/ http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/winning-designs-revealed-in-2013-cobra-design-competition/#comments Fri, 23 Aug 2013 08:27:18 +0000 http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/?p=7183 The first-ever Cobra Design Competition, which called for exciting new cutting-edge and eco-conscious tap and mixer designs, drew to a close on Thursday-22nd August 2013, with four exceptionally talented designers being recognised for their outstanding pieces of industrial design.

The winners were Andrew Mboyi for Edge (winner) and Johannes Berkhout for iFlow (second place) in the student designer category, and Leigh Mclaren for Ceramic Lace (winner) and Murray Sharp for Aloe (second place) in the professional/other category. The two category winners were awarded R30 000 each, and the two runners-up, R15 000 each. In addition, the R10 000 prize for the institution that produced the most promising design students within the competition went to the University of Johannesburg.

Ramielle de Jager, Cobra Product Manager, says the standard of entries exceeded expectations, with designers really taking the brief to heart. “Andrew’s electronic Edge met the brief perfectly. Although electronic taps aren’t new, they’re mostly designed for and used in commercial buildings. Yet it is in residential homes where they could be most beneficial in terms of saving energy and water. That’s what made Edge so brilliant – it was designed with the homeowner in mind. It was different yet very marketable, innovative, green, SANS compliant and easily manufactured. Similarly, Johannes’ iFlow was also amazingly well designed, and met the brief by being very innovative, green and SANS compliant.”

“In the professional category, Leigh’s Ceramic Lace was undeniably innovative and an unexpected design concept as far as the aesthetic went. It was very different from Edge, but in its own way met the briefing requirements spot on. Aloe by Murray was a real ‘wow’ design with incredible aesthetics. It certainly made an impression on all the judges, and I believe many homeowners would love a tap just like this in their homes,” de Jager explains.

Andrew Mboyi is currently studying architecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. He says Edge aimed to successfully marry sustainability with a timeless design. “Embracing the digital age and utilising digital systems to monitor, manage and create a general awareness on water usage was also a big factor in the design. The iconic Michael Jackson ‘lean’ came later in the process, but added a critical aspect to the overall dimension,” Mboyi says.

Johannes Berkhout is a Cape Peninsula University of Technology student in his final year of 3D design. His design sought to encourage sustainability through technology. “The iFlow tap allows users to control and monitor water consumption, as well as regulate temperature, via an intuitive technological interface. The induction technology used also reduces electricity usage. The design itself aims to unify modern technology and water – a fluid element,” he explains.

Leigh Mclaren is a candidate architect at b4 Architects in Port Elizabeth, and passionate about design. “Apart from ecological awareness, my mixer, Ceramic Lace, was inspired by ceramic as a material,” says Mclaren. “Ceramic is at the forefront of bathroom design, but it also has its roots in South African art. This allows the mixer to be more than just a functional element, and representative of its time and place.”

Murray Sharp is a product designer by profession, and works at Barrows Design and Manufacturing in Durban. He submitted two designs into the competition – Nautica, a minimalist mixer inspired by a ship anchor, and Aloe, which he created around the idea of a sustainable, green design. “I translated this literally and looked at plants, leaves and grasses for my inspiration. The clean organic lines of the aloe were my base inspiration, with water-saving technologies being used to substantiate the design narrative,” says Sharp.

The winners were presented with their prizes at a special event hosted at the Crowne Plaza Johannesburg hotel on 22 August 2013.

]]> http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/winning-designs-revealed-in-2013-cobra-design-competition/feed/ 0 Event announcement of the Gauteng Institute for Architecture http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/event-announcement-of-the-gauteng-institute-for-architecture/ http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/event-announcement-of-the-gauteng-institute-for-architecture/#comments Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:22:08 +0000 http://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/?p=7179 Awards for Architecture 2013

Gauteng, Johannesburg

The Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIfA),representing  the 550 key architects in Gauteng, is pleased to announce Thursday 31 October 2013, as the official date for the biennial Awards for Architecture  which is set to take place at the well known Turbine Hall in Newtown’s cultural precinct.

The Awards will captivate the  creative energies of Gauteng with diverse elements of the Arts culminating in a memorable event celebrating the most meritorious buildings completed in 2012-2013. These will be announced and their architectural practices  presented with the prestigous GIfA Awards for Architecture.

Winners in the previous 2011 cycle were the  FNB Soccer City, the Soweto Nike Training Centre and the Rosebank landmark gallery CIRCA. The Institute has been hosting the Awards, since 1912 as the then Transvaal Institute, allowing the programme to have become synonymous with excellence in Architecture in Gauteng.

“Central to this programme is the need to identify the intrinsic quality of architectural merit in completed work of all scales and genres; to showcase best work and to allow for the promotion of the profession,” said Daniel van der Merwe, President of GIfA.

The 2013, GIfA Awards for Architecture, having shortlisted 19 new buildings to be considered by a panel of eminent academics and practitioners promises in the best Architecture of the last two years being and celebrated.

About GIfA

GIfA  is a voluntary association established in 1996 and incorporates the Gauteng region of the previous Transvaal Institute for Architects (founded in 1909). The Institute is a member of SACAP ( SA Council for the Architectural profession and is a regional affiliation of SAIA ( SA Institute for Architects). For further information about GIfA please visit : www.gifa.org.za

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