Marli Swanepoel, Head of Sustainability at the Paragon Group, says that convincing clients of the imperatives of sustainability is a balancing act that places a major responsibility on designers and architects.

DESIGNERS, ARCHITECTS HAVE A MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY

The fact that South African and Nigeria are the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, while the continent as a whole barely accounts for 5%, places a major responsibility on designers and architects to be environmentally responsible. However, convincing clients of the imperatives of sustainability is a balancing act between the often high upfront initial […]

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San Sereno renovation wins second place in the International Senior Housing News Architecture and Design Awards.

SAN SERENO RENOVATION WINS INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD

The San Sereno retirement community in Bryanston, which was recently relaunched as a continuing care Senior Living community for over 70’s has won second place in two categories in the 6th annual US-based Senior Housing (SHN) architecture and Design Awards, in the “International” and “Renovation and Repositioning” categories. (more…)

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The annual Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards will be held at The Wanderers Club in Johannesburg between the 4th and 6th May 2020.

COROBRIK SPONSOR THEIR 33rd ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

Eight finalists from Universities around South Africa have already won the regional competitions and will meet at The Wanderers Club in Johannesburg between the 4th and 6th May 2020 for the 33rd Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards evening. (more…)

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Submissions in the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design, the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for sustainable construction, close soon.

FINAL CALL TO ENTER USD 2 MILLION LAFARGEHOLCIM AWARDS

Entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for sustainable construction will close on February 25, 2020. The competition seeks projects by professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The Awards foreground projects and concepts of architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials science, construction technology, and […]

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Five reasons why ASSA ABLOY Cam-Motion® door closers are the perfect choice for your doors.

Why choose ASSA ABLOY’s Cam-Motion® door closers?

ASSA ABLOY door closers are suitable for a wide range of applications. From residential to commercial and public sectors and for light and heavy doors. ASSA ABLOY offers a full range of Cam-Motion® door closers. Cam-Motion® technology makes doors open and closes smoothly, easily and securely. (more…)

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Major Tech, a specialist importer of lighting, electrical products, switches and sockets, gives some insight into the lighting at The Leonardo, Africa’s tallest building.

The Leonardo shines brighter at about 10% of the running cost

The Leonardo, Sandton’s newest skyscraper, is Africa’s tallest building. Home to residential, commercial (both office space and retail), and a Legacy hotel, The Leonardo is considered South Africa’s icon of prosperity. (more…)

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dormakaba’s new Door Pilot app for smartphones takes a step towards the integration of automatic doors within the Internet of Things.

New Door Pilot app from dormakaba facilitates doorset operation

With the new dormakaba Door Pilot, automated doors can also now be operated on the basis of the most advanced of remote-control technologies. The system, comprising the Door Pilot app for smartphones and a wifi interface for the door sets in the form of the Door Pilot Stick, constitutes a first step towards integration of […]

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Every year theMAAK facilitates an experimental Design & Make programme called Follies in the Veld (FITV). This year’s installation was a swooping Tetra Pak canopy in Langa addressing the use of public space.

WASTE TO WONDER: USING ‘TRASH’ TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC SPACE

Every year theMAAK, a design-lead architecture studio based in Woodstock, Cape Town, facilitates an experimental Design & Make programme called Follies in the Veld (FITV). During the fast-paced two-week course they collaborate with other makers, thinkers and doers to collectively design and build a large scale folly (a temporary spatial installation). Each year a specific […]

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Paragon Group Director Estelle Meiring, who is in charge of work acquisition and client liaison, argues that while vacancy rates remain stubbornly high, and there is a definite slump, there are opportunities for those who can look at property with a fresh eye.

TECHNOLOGY, WORKSPACE TRENDS CONTINUE TO IMPACT PROPERTY SECTOR

A number of property developers have adopted a cautious ‘wait-and-see’ approach given the current economic climate. In addition, vacancy rates remain stubbornly high, and there is a definite slump. There are, however, opportunities for those who can look at property with a fresh eye, according to Paragon Group Director Estelle Meiring, who is in charge […]

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New architecture and building techniques used in the award-winning design for a day-care centre in Meloding Township, near Virginia, in the Free State, could revolutionise South African and other school environments.

DAY-CARE CENTRE RECEIVES RECOGNITION FOR ARCHITECTURE

The architects for a day-care centre in Meloding Township, near Virginia, in the Free State, South Africa, were recently awarded a merit award by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) Free State. (more…)

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