July, 2010

Developing new perspectives for the future

Entries open in USD 2 million competition for projects and visions in sustainable construction Zurich/Switzerland, July 1, 2010 – The 3rd International Holcim Awards competition offering a total of USD 2 million in prize money is open to: sustainable building and civil engineering works; landscape, urban design and infrastructure projects; and materials, products and construction […]

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‘Inspired by ABSOLUT’, Top Designers showcase their craftsmanship at Rooms on View

ABSOLUT Vodka is proud to announce their partnership with Rooms on View: a themed event encompassing room settings – from living rooms and dining rooms, to studies and bedrooms – which sought to give visitors a transparent vista into the possibilities for creative expression. This top-end show caters specifically for the design industry, and invites […]

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Decorex Johannesburg

The largest décor & design show in Southern Africa brings you the latest on the local and international front and a fresh perspective on spaces in which you live, work and play. Entering its 17th year, Decorex Joburg celebrates today’s design icons, with cutting edge kitchens and bathrooms, green talks and trends, DIY tips and […]

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Beyond 3D with BIM

Design technology has moved from hand drawing, to CAD, to building information modelling (BIM) in less than 25 years. As the built industry gets ready for the advent of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) the responsibility now lies at the door of the design professional to utilise the technological tools being made available, to meld best […]

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Taking bathrooms to the next level

A bathroom is no longer simply a bathroom – it is a statement. Usually adorned with the best finishes available, the modern bathroom is a multifunctional extension of not only the home, but also of the office, the shopping centre and the hotel. Leading Architecture & Design speaks to both designers and bathroom ware manufacturers […]

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New technologies

Advancements in the world of glass and aluminium have seen architects experimenting with their designs, while at the same time giving their buildings and energy efficient boost. According to AFSA, the Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa, the South African aluminium industry is one of the industrial pillars of the South African economy. Fortunately it is […]

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Enhancing the old with the new

After a novel inception, the new Cape Quarter Extension opened its doors in October in the trendy district of De Waterkant in Green Point, Cape Town. The gentrification of the previously run-down area encompassing Somerset Road, Dixon, Jarvis and Napier Streets has been done with style and sophistication, preserving the past, blending it with the […]

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An education no university can produce

David Baker recently undertook the design of his own house. The finished project is in harmony with the environment and took many of its cues from the site. Designing a house is a daunting task – the clients will have to live in the structure, use it, interact with it, and ultimately, enjoy being in […]

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A green philosophy

The Green House, home of energy tablet producers, McNab’s, is making waves with its energy efficient philosophy. “What is the most noticeable feature of the building?” repeats Rupert McKerron, founder of McNab’s Energy Tabs. He looks around his new offices and thinks deeply about the question put to him. He takes a sip of his […]

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A shelter for the underprivileged

The Agape Child Care Centre, located in Waterfall, a township near Durban, is home to 40 children and offers them warmth, love and protection. The architecture of the new centre, rebuilt after a fire, needed to reinforce these attributes Agape Child Care Centre is an orphanage that accommodates children, most of whom have lost their […]

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