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Mall of the North on track for grand opening in April 2011

Construction of Polokwane’s largest, most modern and eagerly awaited mega shopping centre – Mall of the North – is fast approaching its April 2011 opening deadline. Jointly owned and developed by JSE-listed company Resilient Property Income Fund, Flanagan & Gerard Property Development & Investment and Moolman Group, the Mall of the North represents the largest […]

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Nedbank phase II awarded South Africa’s first as built Green Star SA rating

Phase II of Nedbank’s head office has achieved another eco-friendly first. Today it was announced at the Green Building Council Convention that the development in Sandton, Johannesburg has been certified as South Africa’s first As Built Green Star SA Building under the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA) Office v1 rating tool. The building […]

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Electricity hikes make energy efficient buildings in SA vital

While most property developers and building owners have been slow to adopt energy efficiency strategies, the expected hike in electricity costs in South Africa over the next few years means that focusing on these initiatives will be vital from a financial perspective. Apart from the financial benefits of having energy efficient buildings, energy efficiency is […]

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Three designs with ‘fresh thinking’ win C&CI architectural competition

Innovative designs for a sustainable community building in Hillbrow, township library and community centre in Mamelodi, and Hartbeespoort Dam headquarters for a waterworks and forestry department, are the three winners of the Cement & Concrete Institute’s 2010 Architectural Student Design Competition. The annual C&CI competition this year formed part of ArchitectureZA.2010, a major architecture, design, […]

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UCT architecture professor wins gold

Professor Jo Noero of the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town has won the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) Gold Medal for Architecture for his outstanding contribution to the field. It is commonly believed among architectural circles that architects who channel their efforts towards benefiting the less privileged […]

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Going ‘ green’ can improve property value

South African home buyers are increasingly placing more emphasis on environmentally-friendly features when choosing a home, highlighting the importance of going green not just to protect the environment but also to improve the value of your property. According to a recent poll by ooba, South Africa’s leading bond origination company, 49% of respondents said existing […]

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A shop for kid’s – a case study from Barcelona

El conte de la Pilar (Pilar’s Story), located in Mataró, Barcelona, is a retail outlet for all kinds of articles for children – it is a new kind of toyshop. Covering an area of 170m2, distributed between the ground floor and basement, it is a space full of magic and surprises that seems to have […]

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Call for entries: 3rd International Holcim Awards

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 technologies. The Awards are an initiative of the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

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The AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture winners

Koop Design’s Dalton Private Reserve in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands has won the top award at the AfriSam-SAIA Awards for Sustainable Architecture. The award was made at a ceremony at Turbine Hall in Newtown as part of AZA 2010, South Africa’s first architecture mega-event which has brought together leading-edge thinkers and multi-disciplinary practitioners from around the […]

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Announcement of Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit and Awards for Excellence

The Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit and Awards for Excellence 2010 were made at a ceremony at the City Hall in Johannesburg as part of AZA 2010, South Africa’s first architecture mega-event which has brought together leading-edge thinkers and multi-disciplinary practitioners from around the globe. The Aw! ards for Excellence programme is, since 1990, the highest […]

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