Which major lighting trends will transform our living spaces this year? Creative Director Anita Bloom enlightens us in her Decorex Africa Trend Report 2020. The two newest buildings on the increasingly vibrant intersection of Oxford and Glenhove roads in Rosebank, are targeting a 4-Star Green Star SA Office v1.1 Design rating from the Green Building Council South Africa. As part of the Design Indaba Festival 2020, futurist Li Edelkoort will host inspiring new trend seminars in Johannesburg and Cape Town. 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. San Sereno renovation wins second place in the International Senior Housing News Architecture and Design Awards. 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. Submissions in the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design, the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for sustainable construction, close soon. Five reasons why ASSA ABLOY Cam-Motion® door closers are the perfect choice for your doors. 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. dormakaba’s new Door Pilot app for smartphones takes a step towards the integration of automatic doors within the Internet of Things. 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. 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. 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. Suppliers of natural stone and porcelain tiles WOMAG suggest simple and inspiring improvements to transform your home’s outside entertaining spaces. How does your shower actually work? And what exactly does a ketchup bottle have to do with shower heads? Who better to ask than the engineers at GROHE’s research and development department? Introducing the BIBO bar: your instant, all-in-one, kettle, water cooler and filter. Christoph Malan, director at Johannesburg-based Co-Arc International Architects, says we are entering a new phase in the history of African architecture. Sol Plaatje University, Kimberley, by Savage + Dodd Architects, was among the projects shortlisted for the recent 2019 International Urban Project Award held recently at the BAU Congress China in Shanghai. A restaurant kitchen is as much an engine room as a theatre of food. How can you incorporate the best of both worlds? The winners of the 27th annual PG Bison 1.618 Education Initiative were recently announced at a gala event at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. Modern African manufacturer Belgotex, has launched a collection of luxury vinyl tiles, the fastest growing flooring category in the world. Maizey Plastics (Pty) Ltd has announced the launch of a new online store, initially catering for “business to consumer” transactions with full “business to business” integration planned for the next phase. Bouwer Serfontein, Director: Europe of NEW URBAN architects and urban designers, unpacks urban design and architectural factors essential to establishing and maintaining sustainable farming. When severe settlement cracking was observed in the concrete floors of the new bottling and storage area at Graham Beck Wine Estate, Sika was proud to provide the solution. AMERICAN shutters’ Security Shutters blend clean-lined appeal, practicality, durability and security into a single window treatment for both indoor and outdoor use. The dormakaba South Africa Matrix One access solution has been designed expressly with to suit the unique requirements of SMEs. Belgotex Grass is the first locally manufactured artificial turf, specifically designed to withstand the harsh South African climate. Trellidor’s Kevin Bonner says that designing integrated security in at the start of a project has less of a negative impact than retro-fitted barriers. 23-year old Hashim Tarmahomed, who is currently doing his Honours degree in Architecture Studies at Wits University, won the recent AfriSam Student Design Challenge. An extensive network of walkways, cycle tracks and traffic-calming devices supports Non-Motorised Transport (NMT). (Image: Boogertman+Partners) The new glass-reinforced concrete tuber planters from Indigenus, designed by Haldane Martin, re-imagine planters as art pieces. Prices start from R3950 plus VAT. Bengala-Dark-R349-ex-VAT.-Pricedm²-1024x576 (2) Applications for Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives Programme close at midnight on 30 October 2019. Child safety advocacy organisation Childsafe has partnered with UNICEF and the University of Cape Town to launch of a new three-day short course on designing safer cities for children between 28 and 30 October. Mixed-use real estate is becoming increasingly popular not just in South Africa, but in the rest of the continent, too. The 2020 SAIAT – CemteQ Awards organising committee calls all registered architectural professionals and architectural students to enter their best projects in this year’s competition. Open Studios returns to Cape Town once again, with 17 architecture studios across the city opening their doors to the public on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 October 2019. For over forty years Gyproc has been roll-forming steel profiles for the ceiling and partitioning industry in South Africa. The commitment to local manufacture is to be strengthened with the introduction of Saint-Gobain’s international steel profile brand, Gypframe™. Setsing Crescent in Phuthaditjaba was redeveloped and rebranded Maluti Crescent, designed by MDS Architecture, and is now one of the largest shopping centres in the Free State. Calling on all architectural practitioners to enter the AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award To evaluate the diverse submissions received in the 6th LafargeHolcim Awards competition the LafargeHolcim Foundation developed a framework of five “target issues” for sustainable construction to evaluate and rank submissions in the Awards competition. AngelShack’s dynamic team of local designers have designed a range of office furniture that supports the flexible, adaptable and responsive design that define a productive and learning workspace. Greenside Design Center student Makhafola Boikanyo and Nicole Goldstein designed bathrooms inspired by abstract artist Walter Whall Battiss in a bid to win a paid internship at Paragon Interface. PLEXIGLAS has made its first appearance under the Röhm brand name, premiering this past September at FESPA Africa and Sign Africa. Rolex arts Initiative mentors Sir David Adjaye, Zakir Hussain, Crystal Pite and Colm Tóibín to join protégés for public events at the Baxter Theatre Centre on 8 and 9 February 2020. Dr Chris Mulder, founder of CMAI Architects, has been nominated for the International Federation of Landscape Architects’ Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award. Adjaye Associates has been announced as the winner of the competition for The Abrahamic Family House on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. Entries for the Dennis Sharp CICA Awards for Architectural Criticism 2020 are open for submission until 30 November 2019. Steven Schneid from S.M. Schneid Quantity Surveyors says that estimating and controlling the cost of developing tall buildings such as the skyline-defining skyscraper, the Leonardo is no easy feat. Catalyst Africa is an event dedicated to helping South African people and businesses achieve their goals through celebrating the convergence of technology, creativity and mindset. MATCO commercial entrance matting systems offer a stylish range of flooring products to create impressive entrances in a wide range of buildings. Brett Chrystal, Associate Director and Head of Sustainability at Bentel Associates International, makes the case for net zero. Dulux has launched the ColourFutures 2020 palettes to set the tone for the year ahead. Reiner Visser – director of architectural and urban design company New Urban – describes the renovations on The National Council of Provinces building in Cape Town. Coprox Waterproof Cement Additive is an essential and economical primary waterproofing when laying bricks, concrete, screed or plastering. Eager to preserve the rural atmosphere of the original Kanonberg farm, the owner of one of the homes on the estate used Terraforce blocks when confronted with a steep and unusable embankment. LAD_AugSept19-1 A jury of nine experts headed by Mariam Kamara have been appointed to the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for Middle East Africa in 2020. Glorinah Mabaso of LED Interiors, Rene Forbay of RF Designs, Siyanda Mbele of Pinda, and Khosi Leteba have been named as the winners of the first Clout Designers’ Industry Days Fired Up By Nando’s. Paragon Group Director Henning Rasmuss debates the concept of a smart city in an African context.