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Patrick McInerney, director at Co-Arc International Architects, came away from the recent 2019 SAPOA Convention feeling depressed about the discussion regarding the property industry and the economy in general. If things are really so bad, he asks, why are a record number of building cranes adorning our city skylines? Why are we not celebrating the successes?

IF IT’S ALL DOOM AND GLOOM, WHY SO MANY CRANES ON THE SKYLINE?

This year’s SAPOA Convention was probably the most downbeat that I’ve attended in my many years in the building industry. The majority of speakers gave us bad news – ranging from water scarcity problems through to concerns about the oversupply of property, the industry’s talent drain and government’s lack of policy certainty. (more…)

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Noise pollution and city planning – why local government and industry have a collective responsibility when building cities of tomorrow: a view from Marloes Meer, Head of Sector and Market Intelligence at Saint-Gobain

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CITIES OF TOMORROW?

Densification, urbanisation, construction, redevelopment. In an environment with a strong demand for urban housing, we’re hearing those words more and more often, and frequently in context of official city planning, where various metropolitans have committed to rapidly increasing the availability of housing to meet demand. (more…)

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Andrew Skudder, CEO of Construction Computer Software (CCS), considers the importance of technologies such as estimating and enterprise management software in the rebuilding of Notre Dame.

THE REBUILT CATHEDRAL OF NOTRE DAME WILL BE A MONUMENT TO ADVANCES IN CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY

The world watched in horror in April as flames consumed the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, gutting an 850-year old building considered to be one of the most beautiful and historically significant examples of the gothic architectural style. Thanks to the brave actions of the firefighters, most of the building was saved. Now, it’s […]

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Sika’s specialised products were specified for the rehabilitation of the Komati River Bridge on the N4 Toll Route.

RELIABLE REFURBISHMENT SYSTEMS FOR KOMATI RIVER BRIDGE

SMEC South Africa was appointed by Trans African Concessions (TRAC) to undertake the detailed inspection, rehabilitation design and construction supervision of the Komati River Bridge refurbishment project. The bridge is situated on the N4 Toll Route, Section 8 and is an important river crossing for freight traveling between South Africa and Mozambique.  (more…)

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SAOTA took aesthetic inspiration from the local architecture’s unique hybrid of mass and lightweight elements.

SAOTA’S FIRST COMPLETED PROJECT IN BALI

This getaway home designed by SAOTA in Uluwatu, on the south‐western tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali, Indonesia, is dramatically perched high on a limestone cliff edge. Ulu means “land’s end” and watu means “rock”, which aptly describes the rugged beauty of wild, arid peninsula. Uluwatu is also known for having some of the […]

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The use of Sintered Stone for the angular three-dimensional design for the façade panels of the Flare of Frankfurt building demonstrates Neolith’s suitability for the urban environment.

NEOLITH’S FLARE FOR FAÇADES

Hadi Teherani is one of the most familiar and respected names in contemporary German architecture and design. His characteristic approach to the medium communicates atmospheric charisma, emotional urgency and an acute awareness of social responsibility and sustainability. All these attributes reflect Teherani’s desire to establish a positive dialogue between his buildings and their surrounding environment. […]

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The International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction is open for entries, seeking projects that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence.

CALL FOR EXEMPLARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, VISIONARY DESIGN CONCEPTS

The LafargeHolcim Awards seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The 6th cycle of the international competition is open for entries until February 25, 2020. The Awards offer a total of USD 2 million in prize money and foreground projects […]

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The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS), and the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology recently launched the 2019 edition of Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs & Trends.

GREEN BUILDING IN SOUTH AFRICA: GUIDE TO COSTS & TRENDS

The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS), and the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology recently launched the 2019 edition of Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs & Trends. It is the second publication following the 1st edition that was issued […]

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Storage King’s new head office in Boundary Park Industrial Park not only attracts attention, but is also designed to create a sense of security and to convey what a facility such as this can offer users.

THINKING OUT OF THE BOX

Not many buildings can be summed up in just one sentence, but that doesn’t stop Kuba Granicki from Johannesburg-based Architects Of Justice (AOJ) from trying; “It’s a giant box for boxes which are filled with boxes of people’s stuff.” (more…)

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The 7th Annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo will be taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 11 to 13 June 2019.

THE 2019 AFRICAN CONSTRUCTION AND TOTALLY CONCRETE EXPO: THE BUILD INDUSTRY’S BIGGEST CALENDAR EVENT

In the face of a challenging local and worldwide economy, raging unemployment and an ever-evolving political front, one thing is certain – now is the time to ensure every employee and employer in the construction industry stays abreast of the latest industry trends and technology. To continuously upskill and to build their own capacity will […]

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